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#1 2011-01-08 06:46:59

Cool G5
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Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

I've installed Oracle VM under Arch Linux. I needed to setup Arch Linux under Virtual Box. I made the necesaary settings & started the new VM but it gave the follwoing error & failed to boot to arch linux.

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. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing

'/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup'

as root. Users of Ubuntu, Fedora or Mandriva should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.

What should be done? There is no file or directory as /dev/vboxdrv or /etc/init.d/vbodrv setup. Actually there isn't even init.d under /etc.

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#2 2011-01-08 10:51:51

tomk
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

Always check the wiki before asking here. The answer to your question is there.

Also, you should have installed virtualbox from the community repo with pacman.

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#3 2011-01-08 10:54:52

wonder
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

arch has the scripts in rc.d and if you used virtualbox from community, pacman told you what to do.

/etc/rc.d/vboxdrv setup


Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.

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#4 2011-01-08 11:17:24

tomk
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

He didn't use pacman to install.....

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#5 2011-01-08 16:17:51

KlavKalashj
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

wonder wrote:

arch has the scripts in rc.d and if you used virtualbox from community, pacman told you what to do.

/etc/rc.d/vboxdrv setup

I have the same error and I ran that command twice (successfully) and I still get the same error.

Edit: Nevermind that. A reboot solved it. I also installed DKMS from AUR, maybe that helped too.

Last edited by KlavKalashj (2011-01-08 16:23:36)

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#6 2011-01-08 16:39:36

Cool G5
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

tomk wrote:

He didn't use pacman to install.....

I installed virtualbox via pacman itself. Should I try any other virtual machine? I'm quite not ready to install from AUR as of yet.

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#7 2011-01-08 17:15:35

skunktrader
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

Perhaps kernel-headers are not installed

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#8 2011-01-09 08:27:11

Cool G5
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

skunktrader wrote:

Perhaps kernel-headers are not installed

They are installed. I checked.

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#9 2011-01-30 00:07:59

rado.kopca
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

i think # modprobe vboxdrv

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#10 2011-08-21 03:05:40

carebearboy
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

rado.kopca wrote:

i think # modprobe vboxdrv

This worked for me.

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#11 2015-01-30 19:04:57

Sharjeel
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

for those still having problems after instaling via pacman...

first put terminal into root by typing "su" and entering password.

then install virtual box

pacman -S virtualbox

then install the host modules by

pacman -S virtualbox-host-modules

then

dkms autoinstall

and then, while still as superuser.

type

modprobe vboxdrv

(it will execute as normal user but it wont work, unless your on terminal as root)

this should make it work

(had some problem just now.....fixed it with some help from this thread...so thought id update)

Last edited by Sharjeel (2015-01-30 19:15:31)

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#12 2015-01-30 21:14:18

jasonwryan
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) - VirtualBox Error

Don't "update" four year old threads; the wiki is for documentation.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … Bumping.27


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