Parallels & Ubuntu

I am a very big supporter of both Apple Hardware as well as MAC OSX.
However I also use Parallels Desktop on the Apple Hardware to allow me to have the best of all worlds I have the opportunity to have virtual machines for Windows 7, 8.1, as well as Ubuntu Linux, Debian Linux and Chrome OS.
I just updated to Parallels Desktop 10.0 and I am really impressed with the update. The performance has improved and I really like to the UI improvements.
I have Ubuntu 14.04 working with the new version of Parallels Desktop 10.0 that I have and also have Parallels tools installed and working well. Today I got an update alert from Ubuntu that there were some updates. When completing my updates from Ubuntu it asked to reboot the system. To my surprise after the update I got nothing but a black screen once I logged in.
When you click on anything the box is a grey blob that is really messed up. I could not see anything resembling any graphics. I tried the CTRL & ALT & T (button combo) to open a Terminal (shortcut for Ubuntu). This caused not success but again a black screen.
I am thinking that this is an issue with the Ubuntu updates that I got so I began to investigate the fix. I found this knowledge base from Parallels I decided to try to this to remove my Parallels Tools and see if that could fix it. When following the process I found another choice that I tried and it worked without removing the Parallel Tools. I thought I would document it to help others.
The following is the steps I took to fix my issue and I am now successfully running with the new Ubuntu Updates and Parallels Tools.
1. After starting the Virtual Machine for Ubuntu and Logging In. I seen this screen:


2. Then I clicked on the Devices -> CD/DVD 1 -> Connect Image…
2a. This will show an Open Dialog box that you can then navigate to the following area: Applications-> Parallels>Contents->Resources->Tools->prl-tools-lin.iso you can double click or highlight and click Open button. (Notice the lin.iso there are several iso’s in the folder and you need the Linux one).


3. Clicking the open button will really make no change on the screen however you will mount the iso to the cdrom. You will need to then Press the CTRL & ALT & F2 (button combo) which will bring up the terminal window and you can log in.
4. You will need to now create mount point of the cdrom by typing in:
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /mnt

5. Change to the mnt point by doing typing:
cd /mnt

6. Now you need to start the install by typing:
sudo ./install

7. If you have done every thing correct you will see this screen:


8. You will need to press the next button however the mouse will not work so press the space bar. (press tab if the next is not highlighted)

9. I then saw this screen and I thought I will pick Upgrade and Next


10. You will then see this screen that will confirm the Upgrade by pressing Next.


11. After pressing Next I got this screen and I again pressed Next:


This will run through some updates and installs and after the process completes the you will see a Reboot button which will reboot you Ubuntu and then fixed all my issues on my display and all is working well.
Having this issue I thought I would document it for future reference and I hope this will help any one else having any issues with Parallels and Ubuntu on the Mac OSX.

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