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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, do not abandon your request. Please have the courtesy to check for responses and thank the people who helped you.

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