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    Smile Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) Virturalbox Error Ubuntu 12.10 on Acer C7

    I have looked in a variety of places for a solution and am only posting as a last resort. If this is a redundant post I apologize in advance.

    I am running Ubuntu 12.10 "Chrubuntu" on an Acer C7 and I have had a hard time trying to get Windows 7 installed in Virturalbox.
    Whenever I try to start the VM i get the error:
    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. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing
    '/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup'
    as root. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.

    I have tried a number of ways to fix this problem including:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic
    sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms - gives me the error E: Unable to locate package virtualbox-dkm
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

    does anyone know if I will be able to install virturalbox? I would like to uninstall it and start all over trying to get it to work but i'm not really sure how to do that.
    any help is appreciated, thanks

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    Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) Virturalbox Error Ubuntu 12.10 on Acer C7

    Not virtualbox-dkms, just dkms on the host.

    Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:

    sudo apt-get install dkms
    Got that from here

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    Also install build-essentials

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    Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) Virturalbox Error Ubuntu 12.10 on Acer C7

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Not virtualbox-dkms, just dkms on the host.

    Note: Ubuntu/Debian users might want to install the dkms package to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next apt-get upgrade. For Debian it is available in Lenny backports and in the normal repository for Squeeze and later. The dkms package can be installed through the Synaptic Package manager or through the following command:

    sudo apt-get install dkms
    Got that from here

    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    Also install build-essentials
    Ya so i didnt understand or it wasn't said in other posts, but the commands are to be done in the guest addition.

    http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch04.html

    Man, did i learn to RTM. Haha hope this squares you away.
    Last edited by XBMC old School; March 25th, 2013 at 12:07 AM.

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    Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) Virturalbox Error Ubuntu 12.10 on Acer C7

    Hello pauler1
    I have searched all over for solution, and have had no luck until I came across a site by kevinhodge.
    Open a terminal using ctrl-alt-T, then enter the following commands:
    wget http://www.cisgendered.com/~keyvin/v...mods-3.4.0.deb
    then:
    sudo dpkg -i virtualbox-kernel-mods-3.4.0.deb

    Then, just run virtualbox and let the magic begin.
    Original website:http://kevinhodge.com/WP/?tag=chrubuntu

    "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways not to make a lightbulb" Thomas Edison

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    Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) Virturalbox Error Ubuntu 12.10 on Acer C7

    Thanks! worked like a charm

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