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    Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hello,

    I have just switched from Windows to Ubuntu 12.10. The thing is that I need to run Windows programs too (SAS mostly) but cannot get VirtualBox to function.

    Basically I get this error: Kernel Driver not installed (rc=-1908). I found on this forum a series of code to run including:

    OK, problem solved. With 12.10 I had to:

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic
    sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

    Nothing made a difference and I am running behind on my work, if anyone has an idea please respond.

    Thanks in advance,

    flows69

    PS. I am really a beginner so if you want me to try something explain it step by step.

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hi

    Did you install Vbox from the repositories or from the virtual box web site ?

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

    If you the repos then purge it and try the one from the website for your kernel.

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hello Matt,

    I removed the VirtualBox that was on my machine and installed the deb file I downloaded from the website.
    Factually I had to purge using the command sudo apt-get purge virtualbox* as some part remained after my first attempt.

    When I start VirtualBox after that I get the same error message as I had in my first post.

    Thanks again for your time,

    flows69

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hi

    To be honest, i gave up using virtual box ages ago as i though it was *cough* not that good so i may not be the best person to help you here.

    Currently i use qemu but in the past i have also used vmware.

    Anyway, that is no help to your current situation so can you post the output of

    Code:
    dkms status
    Maybe someone who uses VBox can also chip in. We do not bite here

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    I recommend that you start over and follow the instructions for adding the appropriate repository under the "Debian-based distributions" section of the Linux downloads page on the VirtualBox web site. This works flawlessly for me, and so far it has worked for everyone I have recommended this approach to here.
    If you ask for help, please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hi

    Thankyou SeijiSensei.

    Your input is very welcome.

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hello SeijiSensei,

    I tried to follow the instructions on this website as instructed: http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    I have changed the repositori settings in the source.list file but cannot run the command sudo apt-key add oracle_vbox.asc
    When I enter this command I get the following error message: gpg: can't open `oracle_vbox.asc': No such file or directory

    When I open the source.list file I do see the added lines:

    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian precise contrib
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian oneiric contrib
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian natty contrib
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian maverick contrib non-free
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lucid contrib non-free
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian karmic contrib non-free
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian hardy contrib non-free
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian wheezy contrib
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian squeeze contrib non-free
    deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian lenny contrib non-free

    Would you have an idea of what I did wrong ?

    flows69

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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Hi

    They give two techniques for getting the key.

    Did you down load the secure key from here ?

    http://download.virtualbox.org/virtu...racle_vbox.asc

    Anyway ignore that method and just use the second.

    As they say run this command

    Code:
    wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    You'll expect output like...
    Code:
    matthew-S206:/home/matthew % wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    [sudo] password for matthew: 
    OK
    matthew-S206:/home/matthew %
    If it say's OK it has imported the key correctly.

    Kind regards
    Last edited by matt_symes; March 30th, 2013 at 11:56 AM.
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    Re: Need VirtualBox tutoring ...

    Quote Originally Posted by flows69 View Post
    You only should include one of those lines, the one that applies to your Ubuntu distribution. There isn't an entry for 12.10, so use the one for 12.04, "Precise". Delete the others.

    Also as Matt writes, use the wget method to download and install the key in one step.
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