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#1 2014-03-14 19:05:07

MartinRF
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Registered: 2009-01-23
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[SOLVED] VirtualBox not working after latest up-date (4.1.18_Debian)

Updated through Synaptic yesterday and now I can't run guests:

"Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linus kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please install the ernel module by executing

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

as root."

Only, there is no /dev/vboxdrv nor /etc/init.d/vboxdrv.

I find vboxdrv in /usr/src/virtualbox-4.1.18 but there is no setup there. I find a Makefile.

Where do I go from here?
Run the makefile?
How do I retrace my steps and get back to the previous version of VirtualBox?
Would that help?

TIA

/Martin

Last edited by MartinRF (2014-03-16 10:39:30)

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#2 2014-03-14 23:15:58

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From: Edrychwch o'ch cwmpas
Registered: 2012-03-22
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Re: [SOLVED] VirtualBox not working after latest up-date (4.1.18_Debian)

^See link there. Hope this helps.


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#3 2014-03-15 09:05:29

MartinRF
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
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Re: [SOLVED] VirtualBox not working after latest up-date (4.1.18_Debian)

Thanks but I think (!) my problem must be something else. Hacking /etc/init.d/virtualbox wouldn't work since I do have a /usr/share/doc/virtualbox but no /usr/share/doc/virtualbox-4.whatever.

This is both puzzling and anoying. Puzzling since I have used VirtualBox since at least 2007 with very few issues. Anoying since I use a WinXP guest for the few things I need that simply does not run on Linux and for whatever reason does not work well enough in wine and now that door is slammed shut.

/Martin

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#4 2014-03-15 12:05:12

Kuno
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From: Osnabrück - DE
Registered: 2009-01-09
Posts: 674

Re: [SOLVED] VirtualBox not working after latest up-date (4.1.18_Debian)

I always fetch my debs directly from here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and didn't have any problems yet. Use XP in Vbox for the same reasons as you...

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#5 2014-03-15 12:17:31

iMBeCil
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From: Edrychwch o'ch cwmpas
Registered: 2012-03-22
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Re: [SOLVED] VirtualBox not working after latest up-date (4.1.18_Debian)

MartinRF wrote:

Thanks but I think (!) my problem must be something else. Hacking /etc/init.d/virtualbox wouldn't work since I do have a /usr/share/doc/virtualbox but no /usr/share/doc/virtualbox-4.whatever.

This is both puzzling and anoying. Puzzling since I have used VirtualBox since at least 2007 with very few issues. Anoying since I use a WinXP guest for the few things I need that simply does not run on Linux and for whatever reason does not work well enough in wine and now that door is slammed shut.

/Martin

Sorry it doesn't work.

I remember that before I found above fix, I have had to run

$ /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

every time after computer restart, and then VBox worked. Perhaps this is the route to go for the moment.

OTOH, you may wont to install newer version of the VBox ... see link in Kuno's post.


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#6 2014-03-16 10:37:26

MartinRF
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From: Stockholm, Sweden
Registered: 2009-01-23
Posts: 451
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Re: [SOLVED] VirtualBox not working after latest up-date (4.1.18_Debian)

I am back in business. I decided to drop Debian's version fo VirtualBox. Here is what I did.

1) Hook up to

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian wheezy contrib

That didn't work despite following the cleaning instructions found at "What to do when experiencing The following signatures were invalid: BADSIG... when refreshing the packages from the repository?".

2) Downloaded and installed virtualbox-4.3_4.3.8-92456~Debian~wheezy_amd64.deb plus the extension pack VirtualBox asked for when fired up.

Now I am all happy again.

EDIT:
Oops, the jubilation was a little premature. Later that day I was back to what seemed like square one after having re-started my computer. One more step was needed:

3) Change line 31 of /etc/init.d/virtualbox to:

test -d /usr/share/doc/virtualbox-4.3 -a -x /usr/bin/VBoxHeadless || exit 0

Now everything is back to normal.

/Martin

Last edited by MartinRF (2014-03-18 18:12:24)

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