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

    If you are having this problema nd the previous solutions don't work for you, try this -

    Run (in a terminal)

    Code:
    sudo ls /etc/init.d
    Look for somethis like vbox, or virtualbox (on mine it was virtualbox-ose)

    Then run

    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/whatever-it-is-in-yours restart
    If you get errors there, post them here
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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    I can't seem to fix this after performing an update today. The error instructs me to install the virtualbox-ose-source package, which I did. I've reinstalled virtualbox-ose from the repository. I've rebooted.

    No matter what I've tried, upon restarting the service:

    Code:
    > sudo /etc/init.d/virtualbox-ose restart
     * Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules                                                                    [ OK ] 
     * Starting VirtualBox kernel modules                                                                            
    * No suitable module for running kernel found
                                                                                                             [fail]
    I know I can go install the closed source version, but I would really like to get what I had working again.

    some more info in case it is useful:

    Code:
    > uname -a
    Linux kramer 2.6.31-17-generic #54-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 10 17:01:44 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    
    > vboxmanage --version
    WARNING: The character device /dev/vboxdrv does not exist.
    	 Please install the virtualbox-ose-source package and the appropriate
    	 headers, most likely  linux-headers-generic.
    
    	 You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.
    3.0.8_OSEr53138
    Last edited by lordmundi; January 8th, 2010 at 09:11 PM.

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

    That's very strange, I'm using the exact same kernel and sudo /etc/init.d/wirtualbox-ose restart works fine for me...
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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Quote Originally Posted by slibuntu View Post
    That's very strange, I'm using the exact same kernel and sudo /etc/init.d/wirtualbox-ose restart works fine for me...
    interesting indeed... have you done an update through the update-manager today?

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

    I don't really pay a huge amount of attention, but I'm pretty sure the kernel updated last night. Come to think of it, it could have been the reason that I needed a fix for this problem (and hence found this post).

    Maybe bite the bullet and give the non-free version a go to see if it works?

    It looks like for some reason Virtualbox is confused about what kernel you are running and seems to think that it doesn't support it for some reason.
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    Re: VirtualBox error: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Quote Originally Posted by slibuntu View Post
    I don't really pay a huge amount of attention, but I'm pretty sure the kernel updated last night. Come to think of it, it could have been the reason that I needed a fix for this problem (and hence found this post).

    Maybe bite the bullet and give the non-free version a go to see if it works?

    It looks like for some reason Virtualbox is confused about what kernel you are running and seems to think that it doesn't support it for some reason.
    thanks for the reply. i think you're right. I did bite the bullet and go to the closed source version, and it seems to work fine.

    I suppose if you are brave, you can go to the Update Manager and do a check and a upgrade on everything and see if it breaks you

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

    I'm running 9.10/64. Everytime I reboot, I have to do the sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup Kinda irritating, especially after I had a similar problem with VMPlayer & then got rid of it and installed VitrualBox (3.1.2).

    On 9.04/32, I had no such issues.

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

    Hi
    Today I've upgraded the Karnel today on my Karmic 9.10. Then installed Virtual Box and found that error. After restarting I found that massage


    shishir@DewsWorld:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv restart
    * Stopping VirtualBox kernel module
    * done.
    * Starting VirtualBox kernel module
    * modprobe vboxdrv failed. Please use 'dmesg' to find out why
    shishir@DewsWorld:~$



    I'm afraid I dont khow how to do then. Any help please ?

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

    I have been through this forum with a fine tooth comb and executed the recommendation therein with no avail.
    I am still getting the following:
    * Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong
    I have no idea what to do. Recently updated to ubuntu 9.10

    Furthermore: There is an update for the virtual box to version 3.1 but everytime i try to run it there is Error: Conflicts with the installed package 'virtualbox-2.2' How do I uninstal the current verson for the new one. Also will I loose all of my windows virtual machine currently installed therefore having to re-install it?

    Thanks for any and all help.

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

    Running Ubuntu 9.10 x64

    Did an update this morning and VBox failed.

    Followed the instructions and it all worked for me.

    Looks like this is a common fault, shame its still out there.

    Beware all those that accept the latest updates for 9.10 !


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