I managed to install VirtualBox following the instructions at http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux...20instructions but also adding in the dmi-strings into the file suggested at the vbox forum here http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtop...f92e8cc8580c14

Installation completed without incident.

It seems to be running as when i type the following i get
graham@graham-laptop:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv restart
 * Starting VirtualBox kernel module vboxdrv                             [ OK ]
I am not able to get the gui running though.

I originally installed using synaptic and it worked fine. The problem there was that it was an xp disk I was trying to install onto virtualbox and the activation wouldn't work.

Any help is hugely appreciated.