I have a raspberry pi 2, with a raspbian-stretch (2017-09-07) operative system burn into sd-card by using etcher-1.1.2 app. Raspberry works well!. I tryed follow many guides for mount sd-card operating system in Vrtual-Box(5.1.30) linux application, but at startup a black screen appears. I follow these steps:

  • umount sd card (Device /dev/mmcblk0) (/dev/mmcblk0p1 FAT32 boot partition, /dev/mmcblk0p2 Ext4 data partition)
  • use VirtualBox command: sudo VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename /home/user/Desktop/raw_file/file.vmdk -rawdisk /dev/mmcblk0 and appear: RAW host disk access VMDK file /home/user/Desktop/raw_file/file.vmdk created successfully.
  • start Virtual-box in root mode
  • create a new machine without hdd and operative system
  • add SATA controller and select file.vmdk I tried to mount and remount sd partition but nothing changed! Please, help me, thanks in advance. sdcard configuration
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    AFAIK virtualbox does not support ARM OS's. Oct 23, 2017 at 21:50

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You can't run an ARM Raspbian image on an x86 system. If you want to run the Raspbian Pixel Desktop you can download the x86 iso at raspberrypi.org

  • Thank Steve Robillard and 88weighed for your answers, my original intent was modify the /dev file of raspberry pi, by using emulation. But seem that it can't be done! Thanks a lot.
    – init0
    Oct 23, 2017 at 22:01
  • @init0 have you tried a live linux dvd Oct 23, 2017 at 22:59

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