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Thread: Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

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    Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

    I've been trying to install VirtualBox but no luck. Whether I try 4.2 or 4.3 it gets to this...

    Setting up virtualbox-4.3 [or 4.2] (4.3.2-90405~Ubuntu~raring) ...
    addgroup: The group `vboxusers' already exists as a system group. Exiting.
    Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules ...done.
    Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules ...done.
    Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMSError! Your kernel headers for kernel 3.8.0-19-generic cannot be found.
    Please install the linux-headers-3.8.0-19-generic package,
    or use the --kernelsourcedir option to tell DKMS where it's located
    ...failed!
    (Failed, trying without DKMS)
    Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules ...failed!
    (Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)

    Tried installing linux-headers-3.8.0-19-generic but it's deprecated and no longer has an install candidate. Anyone able to point me in the direction of a fix?
    Last edited by nashant; November 22nd, 2013 at 11:24 AM.

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    Re: Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

    Wrong kernel version being reported by uname. Probably has something to do with my boot issues too!

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    Re: Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

    What is being reported by uname ?

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    Re: Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

    3.8.0-19 for some reason. Had to boot to live usb and run boot-repair after I removed all traces of that kernel and ran update-grub and it would only boot to memtest. All working now though, and vbox installed!

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    Re: Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

    How did you solve this?

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    Re: Can't install VirtualBox 4.3 on 13.10

    By installing the correct linux-headers version that matched his kernel version.

    If you're asking about how to install VirtualBox, I recommend the method described on the VirtualBox site.
    If you ask for help, please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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