Yeah setting for text only I could see its hanging on USB. This appears to be an issue with virtualbox and some kind of funky usb driver virtualbox uses.
Burn an iso, works fine on a regular computer, so I set it back to gui and autologin. I'll just hit escape in virtualbox I suppose till I'm done with the respin, then I plan on installing the respin on a real pc. Thanks for all your help so far.
Next up : Installing the amiga emulator, atari st emulator and more... Then customizing user interface and burning a new iso.
I would like to customize the boot screens and stuff as well. Almost there...