Kernel Update broke VirtualBox

Nicolas Canepa ncanepa at
Wed Jun 4 14:59:59 UTC 2008

When I upgrade the kernel the
vboxdrv fails to load. What I do to solve this is run:

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

this compiles the driver for the new kernel installed, you must
have the kernel headers installed too.

Nicolás Cánepa
ncanepa at
CCC - Centro de Comunicaciones Científicas
UBA - Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales

drew einhorn escribió:
> First time I ran into this problem I flailed around, google found me
> lots of people with the same problem, but no solution.  At last I
> discovered the problem was that there was a problem with the
> dependency on the appropriate VirtualBox modules packages both modules
> and guest-modules.  So rather than fix the problem, someone removed
> the dependencies.
> With the latest kernel update 2.6.24-17-generic -> 2.6.24-18-generic
> there are not yet any VirtualBox modules for this kernel.  So for the
> time being I tried editing my grub.conf to use the 2.6.24-17 kernel.
> Somebody decided they didn't like the name grub.conf and changed it to
> menu.lst, and decided to remove the symbolic link that was supporting
> us backward folks who aren't up with the latest and greatest naming
> conventions.  That's rude and annoying. How expensive is one lousy
> symbolic link for backward compatibility
> So will the VirtualBox module packages soon appear?
> How urgent is the 2-6.24-17 -> 2.6.24-18 upgrade?
> Should I download the source and figure out how to build my own
> VirtualBox modules,
> or should I just wait?
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