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To see where it hangs, I suggest to press any key at system startup to enter the Grub boot menu. Then move the cursor onto the kernel line and use the letter 'e' to edit and remove the words rhgb and quiet. Press 'b' to boot the system and it should print all kinds of messages during startup. Where does it stop?1 person found this helpful
The problem, as far as I could determine, was in the incompatibility of the Virtual Box Guest Additions with the X11 package installed.
There were some error messages in /var/log/X*.log and /var/log/gdm to that effect
In "single" mode, I edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf, to comment out everything in it as suggested in a post on some other site.
Thereafter the boot process completed and I was presented with the graphical login screen.
The user experience was bad of course. No full screen was the primary problem.
So I upgraded VirtualBox to the latest release, remounted the Guest Additions and installed the latest guest additions.
It works now.
Basically after a yum update, there was some incompatibility in the VirtualBox version I was running and the X window system. The boot process was completing, but the X system couldn't start. Upgrading VirtualBox solved the problem.