View Full Version : [ubuntu] Problems installing VirtualBox

March 26th, 2009, 06:42 AM
I am a serious Noob when it comes to Linux and I am trying to get VirtualBox up and running, I installed the one from the repositories through add/remove applications, but I kept having problems with the mouse capture. So I tried installing it from Sun's website by using the package installer, but I get this error when I try to install.

dpkg: error processing /tmp/virtualbox-2.1_2.1.4-42893_Ubuntu_hardy_i386.deb (--install):
trying to overwrite '/lib/modules/2.6.24-23-generic/misc/vboxdrv.ko',which is also in package virtualbox-ose-modules-2.6.24-23-generic
dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)

I think something went wrong having the one installed and then installing the newer version. But I have since uninstalled the version from the repositories, and the newer version still doesn't get installed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

running Hardy

March 26th, 2009, 07:07 AM
Remove the module file from old VBox (from repo) manually,
and then try reinstalling VBox (from Sun) again.

March 26th, 2009, 08:25 AM
how do I remove it manually, like I said I am a complete noob

March 26th, 2009, 08:32 AM
when I get to the misc folder there aren't any files in there. Even after marking 'view hidden files' there is nothing in there. Should I delete the misc folder?

March 26th, 2009, 08:33 AM
have you rebooted since ?

March 26th, 2009, 08:36 AM
yes I have still same problem

March 26th, 2009, 08:40 AM
browse again' this time in terminal

gksu nautilus

if its still empty, go to synaptic' click edit, click fix broken packages.

March 26th, 2009, 08:57 AM
I still couldn't see anything in the misc folder, I tried fixing broken packages and it said 'sucessfully fixed dependency problems' but it happened in no time, like there was nothing to fix

March 26th, 2009, 09:09 AM

you probably may get more answers in our virtualization forum..

technically you posted in the wrong forum


March 26th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Thank you, sorry for posting in the wrong forum, I will post the question in the virtualization forum, thanks again for trying to help