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Old 04-26-2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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Virtualbox setup on openSUSE 10.2

Hi All,

I have a P4 2.4Ghz laptop with 512MB ram, and run openSUSE 10.2.

I wanted to try out a few other linux distros, but have a problem as my CD drive is busted, and I can't write iso images I download onto CDs. I thought I would give virtualisation a try for this purpose. If successful, I also planned to move from my present dual boot setup to making it an all Linux machine.

I followed the instructions given at this site Virtualbox on openSUSE to install and setup virtualisation. Every thing went fine - installation, and virtual machine setup. The minute I start to run the virtual machine, I get this error 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}
Running /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup gives me this
dabba:/home/madgenius # /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
Stopping VirtualBox kernel module done
Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module failed
(Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)
/var/log/vbox-install.log has this in it
Makefile:88: *** Error: unable to find the include directory for your current Linux kernel. Specify ERN_INCL=<directory> and run Make again.. Stop.
What am I doing wrong? And how do I fix this?

Thanks in advance for all your help.
Old 04-26-2007, 07:08 PM   #2
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You most likely need the kernel-headers and/or kernel-source packages that match your kernel version to compile kernel modules. I'm not sure what these are named in OpenSUSE, but you should be able to locate them searching via YaST.
Old 04-26-2007, 10:36 PM   #3
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I agree with hollywoodb. With openSUSE 10.2, whether it is a guest or host, make sure you have all the following packages installed. If something was missing reinstall everything that you installed. Chances are your system is not working (or will malfunction in the future) because something in VirtualBox is not compiled correctly or can't compile correctly.



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