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    VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Hi all,

    Let me first say that this is my final resort after googling this issue for the last several hours. None of the solutions that I have found are working for me.

    My VirtualBox (PUEL, not OSE) was working fine until about three hrs ago. I am receiving the following error:

    p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; }
    Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Re-setup the kernel module by executing

    '/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup'

    as root. Users of Ubuntu, Fedora or Mandriva should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.

    By searching other threads, I ran the following:

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
    I received the following output:

    sudo: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: command not found


    I have removed VB several times and reinstalled using the following:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove dkms
    sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-2.2
    
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.2
    Each time I also rebooted my PC.


    I have received no joy. I want the PUEL version and not the OSE because I need to be able to load my USB devices in VirtualBox and the OSE version apparently does not have that capability. I still have two virtual machines (one XP.vdi and one Vista.vdi) saved. I thought that maybe they needed to be removed also (which I didn't want to do since the process of loading a Windows VM is time-consuming), so I created a new VM to test whether it would load, however, same problem occurred.

    I also found this thread which was someone who had the same problem and found a hint from here and solved this problem, however, I had a really hard time applying the Mandriva instructions to Ubuntu. Btw, I am using Jaunty kernel 2.6.28-11-generic.

    Thanks

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Run this command in the /etc/init.d/ folder and paste in the output:

    ls | grep vbox

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Try running it without the sudo.
    caver1

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    I have the exact same problem and have searched with no results. How do I go about running that command in that directory so I can post an output?

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    I met the same problem after updating UBUNTU9.04 . Now, I found the solution on the following address: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/virtualbox-ose/+question/64190
    And I just typed the three lines commands one by one, then the Virtualbox worked.

    The commands are:


    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude install dkms
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup


    Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by yemaya View Post
    Hi all,

    Let me first say that this is my final resort after googling this issue for the last several hours. None of the solutions that I have found are working for me.

    My VirtualBox (PUEL, not OSE) was working fine until about three hrs ago. I am receiving the following error:

    p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; }


    By searching other threads, I ran the following:

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
    I received the following output:

    sudo: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: command not found


    I have removed VB several times and reinstalled using the following:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove dkms
    sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-2.2
    
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-2.2
    Each time I also rebooted my PC.


    I have received no joy. I want the PUEL version and not the OSE because I need to be able to load my USB devices in VirtualBox and the OSE version apparently does not have that capability. I still have two virtual machines (one XP.vdi and one Vista.vdi) saved. I thought that maybe they needed to be removed also (which I didn't want to do since the process of loading a Windows VM is time-consuming), so I created a new VM to test whether it would load, however, same problem occurred.

    I also found this thread which was someone who had the same problem and found a hint from here and solved this problem, however, I had a really hard time applying the Mandriva instructions to Ubuntu. Btw, I am using Jaunty kernel 2.6.28-11-generic.

    Thanks

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    Smile Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Quote Originally Posted by lin-lin_224 View Post
    I met the same problem after updating UBUNTU9.04 . Now, I found the solution on the following address: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/virtualbox-ose/+question/64190
    And I just typed the three lines commands one by one, then the Virtualbox worked.

    The commands are:


    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude install dkms
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup


    Good luck!
    Worked for me! Thanks!!!

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Me as well, thank you.

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    I have also this problem, and i have tried the solution in this thread, but it just do not work. I use the PUEL version of virtualbox and i have also tried with the OSE version. None of them work.

    I have tried the

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
    But this is what comes out.


    bash: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: No such file or directory


    Do anybody have some solutions on my problem?

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    lin-lin_224's solution worked for me. THANKS!

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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Quote Originally Posted by betteberg View Post
    I have also this problem, and i have tried the solution in this thread, but it just do not work. I use the PUEL version of virtualbox and i have also tried with the OSE version. None of them work.

    I have tried the

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
    But this is what comes out.


    bash: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: No such file or directory


    Do anybody have some solutions on my problem?
    haha,the same to me.

    i have reinstall the vbox,now everything goes well...

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