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

    Thank you lolpenguin that did it!

    I believe there was a kernel update 2 days ago. Why can't this sort of recompiling be triggered automatically? For a basic user things stopping working overnight poses serious difficulties in adopting Ubuntu.

    I was also far from realizing that remove/install would trigger a recompilation.

    Thanks once again.

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

    There was another kernel update yesterday, to release 3.0.0-14-generic, and VirtualBox became inoperable once again. Luckily removing and installing the virtualbox-dkms package solves the issue, since it triggers the re-build against the new kernel. For future reference here it is again the recipe:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

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

    apt-get install virtualbox-dkms
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package virtualbox-dkms
    Any suggestions?

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

    Setting up a 10.04 LTS box for a family member, encountered this same error (error loading, then, install virtualbox-ose-dkms and run modprobe vboxdrv)... after banging my head against the wall, what worked was to simply add "vboxdrv" to /etc/modules and run update-initramfs.

    Rebooted, VirtualBox-OSE loaded up the WinXP instance without error. Hope this helps somebody.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jcoles View Post
    Any suggestions?
    You're probably missing the Virtualbox repository. Add this entry to /var/apt/sources.list:

    Code:
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian oneiric non-free
    Hope it helps.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lads View Post
    There was another kernel update yesterday, to release 3.0.0-14-generic, and VirtualBox became inoperable once again. Luckily removing and installing the virtualbox-dkms package solves the issue, since it triggers the re-build against the new kernel. For future reference here it is again the recipe:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms
    Thanks lads. Just came across the Kernel driver not installed rc=-1908 error. Removing and installing the virtualbox-dkms package has solved the issue for me as well.

    cheers

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

    Another kernel update (3.0.0-15-generic) another VBox mess up. Luckily the recipe continues working.

    Is there any way to trigger the recompiling of VBox whenever there's a kernel update? Or is this something that should be filed as a bug?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lads View Post
    Another kernel update (3.0.0-15-generic) another VBox mess up. Luckily the recipe continues working.

    Is there any way to trigger the recompiling of VBox whenever there's a kernel update? Or is this something that should be filed as a bug?
    That is specifically what DKMS is supposed to do for you. When you update you kernel DKMS recompiles all modules registered with it.

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

    I have the latest version Oracle VirtualBox running in host Ubu 10.10 and guest Win7 runs flawless in VM (also Windows 8 Preview, and Win2000). Oracle's installation instructions on their download page work very well if you follow them.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rebelli0us View Post
    I have the latest version Oracle VirtualBox running in host Ubu 10.10 and guest Win7 runs flawless in VM (also Windows 8 Preview, and Win2000). Oracle's installation instructions on their download page work very well if you follow them.
    Hi Rebellious. I also never had trouble until I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04, this issue seems to be restricted to the 11 series, both .04 and .10.

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