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

    Quote Originally Posted by LordVeovis View Post
    That is specifically what DKMS is supposed to do for you. When you update you kernel DKMS recompiles all modules registered with it.
    Hi LordVeovies, I had missed your comment. If this is what DKMS is supposed to do, then it is not doing it:

    Code:
    $ ls -lah /usr/src/vir*
    /usr/src/virtualbox-4.1.2:
    total 56K
    drwxr-xr-x 12 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 .
    drwxrwsr-x 12 root src  4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 ..
    drwxr-xr-x 10 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 common
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  503 2011-09-02 18:04 dkms.conf
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 generic
    drwxr-xr-x  5 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 include
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   65 2011-08-29 17:46 Makefile
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 math
    drwxr-xr-x  4 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 r0drv
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 VBox
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 vboxdrv
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 vboxnetadp
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 vboxnetflt
    drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 vboxpci
    
    /usr/src/virtualbox-guest-4.1.2:
    total 36K
    drwxr-xr-x  7 root root 4.0K 2011-10-24 10:18 .
    drwxrwsr-x 12 root src  4.0K 2012-01-25 10:50 ..
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  402 2011-09-02 18:04 dkms.conf
    drwxr-xr-x  5 root root 4.0K 2011-10-24 10:18 include
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   53 2011-08-29 17:46 Makefile
    drwxr-xr-x  4 root root 4.0K 2011-10-24 10:18 r0drv
    drwxr-xr-x  5 root root 4.0K 2011-10-24 10:18 vboxguest
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4.0K 2011-10-24 10:18 vboxsf
    drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4.0K 2011-10-24 10:18 vboxvideo
    
    $ dkms add virtualbox/4.1.2
    Error! DKMS tree already contains: virtualbox-4.1.2
    You cannot add the same module/version combo more than once.
    
    $ dkms add virtualbox-guest/4.1.2
    Error! DKMS tree already contains: virtualbox-guest-4.1.2
    You cannot add the same module/version combo more than once.
    Best.

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

    Another kernel update yesterday, and guess what?

    But this morning I got a little scare since the recipe didn't work on the first try. Only after recompiling it twice did VBox came back to life.

    Of all the kind people that bothered to answer this thread no one ever mentioned the question on filling a bug. It seems this should be the case, but I'm a bit weary of doing it if it is not the case. Any thoughts?

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

    And here we are again; it is becoming like some sort of occult ritual. Let's hope this issue gets dealt with in Pangolin.

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

    Thanks, guys: same problem, virtualbox-dkms uninstall-reinstall solution worked.

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

    And we are back!

    After almost 3 months without trouble and with an Ubuntu upgrade in between I though this issue was gone for good. But today here it is, my favourite Ubuntu bug strikes again! Good thing the same old solution still works.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lads View Post
    And we are back!

    After almost 3 months without trouble and with an Ubuntu upgrade in between I though this issue was gone for good. But today here it is, my favourite Ubuntu bug strikes again! Good thing the same old solution still works.
    Was that on the host? I don't think I've ever had to install that particular package..

    I don't even have that package installed on my guest:

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    ii  virtualbox-guest-dkms                  4.1.12-dfsg-2                           x86 virtualization solution - guest addition module source for dkms
    ii  virtualbox-guest-utils                 4.1.12-dfsg-2                           x86 virtualization solution - non-X11 guest utilities
    ii  virtualbox-guest-x11                   4.1.12-dfsg-2                           x86 virtualization solution - X11 guest utilities
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    Re: VBox: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Was that on the host? I don't think I've ever had to install that particular package..
    Which bears the question: if it is not triggering the automatic recompile, then why does it exists in the first place?

    I just tried to remove it and indeed VBox functions as usual without it. We shall see what happens in the next kernel update.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lads View Post
    Which bears the question: if it is not triggering the automatic recompile, then why does it exists in the first place?

    I just tried to remove it and indeed VBox functions as usual without it. We shall see what happens in the next kernel update.
    Did you install vbox from the repos or from virtualbox.org? I've always installed it from virtualbox.org.
    Last edited by CharlesA; June 21st, 2012 at 02:25 PM.
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    Re: VBox: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

    I don't really get this. Yesterday, after removing the virtualbox-dkms package VBox continued working as before, but this morning there was no way the Windows virtual machine could start up. I had to re-install the package to get it back.

    In conclusion: at least Winblows virtual machines seems to need this package, but its automatic recompilation is not succeeding when the kernel gets upgraded.

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesA View Post
    Did you install vbox from the repos or from virtualbox.org? I've always installed it from virtualbox.org.
    VBox was already installed when this laptop was assigned to me. Anyway I can know which method was used?

    I had several issues in the past installing VBox from the repos, this is one of the apps I always install from the official site.

    Thanks for answering.
    Last edited by CharlesA; June 22nd, 2012 at 01:11 PM. Reason: Windows slang

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

    Quote Originally Posted by lads View Post
    VBox was already installed when this laptop was assigned to me. Anyway I can know which method was used?
    You can check /etc/apt/sources.list

    I have a feeling it's the version from the repos, as the virtualbox.org version just got updated to 4.1.18 yesterday or the day before.
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