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Thread: How to make Virtualbox "work" in Ubuntu 12.10

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    How to make Virtualbox "work" in Ubuntu 12.10

    FYI, I recently added Ubuntu 12.10 as dual boot with Mint Cinammon on my notebook and found that Virtualbox would not work. Some posts suggested the following code for the terminal

    sudo apt-get install dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic
    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

    Apparently this worked for some people but it did not work for me! If this happens to you, I found that adding the following lines in a terminal finally got Virtualbox to go

    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic

    sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

    Good luck!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

    Re: How to make Virtualbox "work" in Ubuntu 12.10

    I found the issue only occurs when installing from the Software Center. If it is installed from a package downloaded from, the issue doesn't occur.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    Smile Re: How to make Virtualbox "work" in Ubuntu 12.10

    Thanks for the observation Derxst. I don't recall if I istalled using the .deb installer or not? In any case, I wonder if USB support worked automatically for you. I had to open a terminal and add

    sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers myname

    this updates the groups file in /etc directory, so that the last line reads


    This may require a restart for it to take effect.

    Alternatively, there may be some hardware dependent behavior going on. Lately I am finding Ubuntu 12.10 to be a bit "flakey" at startup - sometimes it just hangs. Linx Mint always boots up fine, as do earlier Ubuntu versions e.g. 3.5.0-17-generic. However, this hp dv6 i5 notebook shouldn't be all that old a model yet!


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