Error were encountered while installing Virtualbox on Ubuntu 8.0.4

Andre Mangan andremangan at
Thu Feb 5 02:17:05 GMT 2009

How to upgrade VirtualBox depends on which version you are using.  Judging
by the version number you quoted, Victor, you had the Innotek version.
Innotek has been bought by SunMicrosystems and all future upgrades will come
from this source.  Updates will not appear in Synaptic, however, there is a
"Check for updates" button in the Sun version.

The version of VirtualBox in Synaptic is the OSE version which will receive
automated updates via the Update Manager.

The update process for the version of VirtualBox obtainable from Sun
directly requires the prior removal of the "old" version but not the
"complete removal" as available in Synaptic.  That way you will retain any
installed operating systems complete with their configuration.

I have recently upgraded to version 2.1.2 and all four installed operating
systems are intact and fully functioning.

You do have to reconfigure the vboxdrv (sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup)



2009/2/5 Hugo Do Nascimento <hadnas at>

> Try to manually remove all Virtualbox packages first (using synaptic).
> Then, install the newest version from the repository or from the web site
> Cheers
> On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 6:05 PM, Victor Vahe Kevorkian <
> vivakevian at> wrote:
>> I have been using Innotek Virtualbox version 1.5.6 successfully for a long
>> time, on Ubuntu 8.0.4
>> Yesterday I decided to upgrade to version 2.1-2.1., since it was in
>> Synaptics.
>> After selecting the download and proceeded to apply, Synaptic asked me to
>> remove vs 1.5.6 first
>> before installing 2.1-2.1, I agreed to apply.
>> The download went on and started the installation when mid way it stopped
>> and the following Error
>> poped out:"Error were encountered while processing: E:
>> /var/cache/apt/archives/virtualbox-2.1_2.1.2-41885%5fUbuntu%5fhardy_i386.deb:
>> trying to overwrite `/lib/modules/2.6.24-23-386/misc/vboxdrv.ko', which is
>> also in package virtualbox-ose-modules-2.6.24-23-386"
>> I couldnt understand why using Synaptic Package I was getting an error so
>> I searched Ubuntu Forums and I found this Link:
>> I followed all steps and I reached to : sudo apt-get install
>> virtualbox-2.1
>> which proceeded until...
>> "The following NEW packages will be installed:
>>   virtualbox-2.1
>> 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 18 not upgraded.
>> Need to get 0B/37.9MB of archives.
>> After this operation, 77.8MB of additional disk space will be used.
>> Preconfiguring packages ...
>> (Reading database ... 514416 files and directories currently installed.)
>> Unpacking virtualbox-2.1 (from
>> .../virtualbox-2.1_2.1.2-41885%5fUbuntu%5fhardy_i386.deb) ...
>> dpkg: error processing
>> /var/cache/apt/archives/virtualbox-2.1_2.1.2-41885%5fUbuntu%5fhardy_i386.deb
>> (--unpack):
>>  trying to overwrite `/lib/modules/2.6.24-23-386/misc/vboxdrv.ko', which
>> is also in package virtualbox-ose-modules-2.6.24-23-386
>> dpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe)
>> Errors were encountered while processing:
>>  /var/cache/apt/archives/virtualbox-2.1_2.1.2-41885%5fUbuntu%5fhardy_i386.deb
>> E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
>> It seems to me the same error, which I really dont understand.
>> I lost version 1.5.6 and I am left with an error.
>> Can I have help please.
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