Monday, 1 February 2010

Virtualbox module needs recompiling after every reboot


Karmic would give me the message:

Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908 )

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Re-setup the kernel module by executing

'/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup'
Every time a virtualbox was initialised after rebooting. This would require the command given to be run with sudo privileges every single time, a lengthy and irritating wait.

This can be simply solved by adding the line "vboxdrv" to /etc/modules

So, in the terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/modules

Copy paste "vboxdrv" (without quotes) onto a line at the bottom of the file
Save and exit

Voila, hopefully problem solved!

7 comments:

  1. Thank You! It's been driving me nuts...
    Ubuntu 10.04 and VBox 3.2.

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  2. Perfect! Worked like a charm here! Thank you so much!
    Ubuntu 10.10 and VBox 4.0 B)

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  3. Thanks a lot, it worked on a Debian Mint!!

    Ugo

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  4. This happens, for example, if you install the VMWare Workstation on the same host as Virtualbox.
    Your solution works perfectly. Thank you!

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  5. Nice, thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks. I ran into this on Debian 7 when installing the latest Virtualbox from Oracle as a replacement for the older OSE version from the stable debian repositories.

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  7. Worked perfectly on Ubuntu 15.04 with Oracle VB 5.0.2, Win7 guest OS. Thanks a lot, was driving me crazy.

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