After kernel upgrade vbox fails to start

Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Wed May 28 06:12:55 UTC 2008

David Vincent wrote:
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> Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>>  I'm on Ubuntu 8.04 (my host o/s).  Vbox 1.6 has been running fine with
>>  WinXp as a guest o/s.  I upgraded my kernel with the updates that came
>>  over the holiday weekend and wham...something is broken.
>>  Here's what I get when I try to start my virtual:
>>  Failed to start the virtual machine Win2KOEM.
>>  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: 0x80004005
>>  Component: Console
>>  Interface: IConsole {d5a1cbda-f5d7-4824-9afe-d640c94c7dcf}
>>  So I open a terminal.  Become su and try to resetup the kernel per
>>  instructions.  Still no joy:
>>  sdavmor at spock:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
>>  sudo: unable to resolve host spock
>>  * Stopping VirtualBox kernel module
>>          * done.
>>  * Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module
>>  * Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong
>>  So I look at it:
>>  sdavmor at spock:~$ cat /var/log/vbox-install.log
>>  Makefile:127: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current
>>  Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR=<directory> and run Make again.  Stop.
>> has happened?  And more to the point, where am I supposed
>>  to specify KERN_DIR=<directory> (etc etc)?
> have you opened Synaptic and checked that the vbox modules for your 
> newly upgraded kernel are also installed?  for me on 2.6.24-17 they 
> weren't and i had to add them manually.  talk about annoying.  :)
> - -d

Rolling back my kernel did the trick for everything, so I'm now running 
OK, but I'd still like to get my vBox running with the current kernel. 
So... [doofus alert] ...where did you add the vBox modules manually, and 
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