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:

nomodeset

Press F10 and it will bootup!

Here’s how to make it permanent:

From terminal:

nano /etc/default/grub

Scroll down to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet”
and change it to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash nomodeset”

 CTRL-O, CTRL-X, ENTER

Then run:

update-grub

Happy (White hat) Hacking!

Kali in ESXi boots up with black screen
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