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X server crashes in RHEL/CentOS 7.1 right after log in

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac Standard Edition


  • X server crashes in RHEL/CentOS 7.1 right after log in

  • Unable to login in CentOS/RHEL virtual machine.


Parallels Tools Linux Video Driver glx issue.


Update Parallels Desktop to the latest build available here.


  1. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Hardware tab > Video > turn off 3D acceleration.

  2. Run virtual machine and wait till it boots to Oh no! Something has gone wrong screen.

  3. In the Mac menu bar go to Devices > Keyboard and send Ctrl+Alt+F2 command to open Linux Console.

  4. Login with the credentials.

  5. Reinstall OpenGl executing the following command:

    yum reinstall mesa-libGL xorg-x11-server-Xorg
  6. Remove the old link to Parallels library:

    rm /usr/lib64/
  7. Create a new link to default OpenGL library:

    ln -s /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/

    NOTE there can be another link /usr/lib64/ that should also refer to /usr/lib64/

    To check if there is a link, please execute:

    ls -la /usr/lib64/*

    if the output shows /usr/lib64/, then execute the following commands as well:

    rm /usr/lib64/
    ln -s /usr/lib64/ /usr/lib64/
  8. Remove Parallels OpenGL library:

    rm /usr/lib64/
  9. Reboot virtual machine:


Please note for better experience we recommend using GNOME Classic environment rather than GNOME.

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