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Old 09-05-2007, 03:38 PM   #1
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Cannot start Virtualbox


I ma trying to set up the virtualbox application so that I can use my existing windows install from Linux. I went through all the setup, allocating memory and such, went to start up the virtual machine and got the following message

VirtualBox kernel driver not installed. The vboxdrv kernel module was either not loaded or /dev/vboxdrv was not created for some reason. Re-setup the kernel module by executing '/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup' as root.
VBox status code: -1908 (VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED).

Result Code: 
IConsole {1dea5c4b-0753-4193-b909-22330f64ec45}
when I tried to do the suggested action I then got

[Wed Sep 05;20:26:10] droseman:~ $ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
 * Stopping VirtualBox kernel module vboxdrv                             [ OK ] 
 * Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module vboxdrv                          [ OK ] 
 * Starting VirtualBox kernel module vboxdrv                                    
 * No suitable module for running kernel found.
Can anyone assist in solving this?

Old 09-05-2007, 04:01 PM   #2
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Which installer did you use? One for your specific distro or the one for all distros? At the point when you ran 'vboxdrv setup' try 'vboxdrv start' instead to load the installed module instead of rebuilding it. If that doesn't work try the "all distro" installer if you haven't already.

I ma trying to set up the virtualbox application so that I can use my existing windows install from Linux.
And if this was your only reason for trying VirtualBox, AFAIK this feature is not implemented yet. I'm still waiting for it.
Old 09-05-2007, 08:47 PM   #3
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I use VMWare, not VirtualBox. The error you're showing looks a lot like the type of error I get after I've upgraded my kernel. VMWare requires a recompile every time the kernel is upgraded, which gets me back running.


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