Recently I have noticed that the latest version of Kali Linux installed on an ESXi 6.5 host boots up with just a black screen.
You can press the old CTRL-ALT-F3 trick that will drop you down to a command prompt and away you go. However the actual GUI doesn’t work.
Here is the solution I found:
When you boot up to the boot loader,
Press ‘E’ when you see this screen:
Scroll down to the line beginning with ‘linux’ and add:
Press F10 and it will bootup!
Here’s how to make it permanent:
Scroll down to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet”
and change it to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash nomodeset”
CTRL-O, CTRL-X, ENTER
Happy (White hat) Hacking!
Kali in ESXi boots up with black screen