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Virtualbox upgrade problem (SOLVED)

Postby Fornhamfred on Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:04 pm

I had virtualbox 2.0.2 installed and working fine when A message was displayed saying that 2.0.4 was ready to download. I downloaded the file from sun and package installer attempted to install it. This was not successful and I then uninstalled 2.0.4 and downloaded the old version 2.0.2 for hardy.

When this attempts to install the following message is given:

VirtualBox will not start until this problem is fixed. Please consult /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out why the kernel module does not compile. Most probably the kernel sources were not found. Install them and execute

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

as root

It also suggested that DKMS should be installed , which I did. I checked that the correct kernel source was installed 2.6.24-16 generic and the ran the script as above.

The log then gave the following:

Attempting to install using DKMS
removing old DKMS module vboxdrv version

Error! Invalid number of parameters passed.
Usage: remove -m <module> -v <module-version> --all
or: remove -m <module> -v <module-version> -k <kernel-version>

------------------------------
Deleting module version: 2.0.2
completely from the DKMS tree.
------------------------------
Done.

Creating symlink /var/lib/dkms/vboxdrv/2.0.2/source ->
/usr/src/vboxdrv-2.0.2

DKMS: add Completed.

Error! Your kernel source for kernel 2.6.24-16-generic cannot be found at
/lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/build or /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/source.
You can use the --kernelsourcedir option to tell DKMS where it's located.
Failed to install using DKMS, attempting to install without
Makefile:142: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR=<directory> and run Make again. Stop.

Can anyone tell me how to carry out this instruction or where I may have gone wrong please.
Last edited by Fornhamfred on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Virtualbox upgrade problem

Postby Mastering Mint on Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:39 am

I have had the exact same problem. This happens when you update your linux kernal, the virtual box kernal must be rebuilt for the new kernal. the command is:

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sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup


This will go through three short steps and rebuild the VB kernal.
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Re: Virtualbox upgrade problem

Postby Fornhamfred on Wed Oct 29, 2008 3:29 pm

Thanks for your reply.

I have tried your suggestion but no joy.

The terminal output is as follows:

wilf@Mint-Elyssa ~ $ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
[sudo] password for wilf:
* Stopping VirtualBox kernel module * done.
* Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module
* Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong
wilf@Mint-Elyssa ~ $ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
* Stopping VirtualBox kernel module * done.
* Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module
* Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong
wilf@Mint-Elyssa ~ $

The log file has no new entries just those listed in the previous post.

I have checked the /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic file and there is no build or source file in the directory. This appears to be the problem but I do not know how to solve it.

If I try to run virtualbox it boots OK but trying to start on of the distros results in a spawning session but this locks the application at 0%.
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Re: Virtualbox upgrade problem

Postby Mastering Mint on Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:48 am

I cant help you anymore than i already have, sorry :(

Try the UBUNTU FORUMS and Mint is based on Ubuntu, maby some help there
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Re: Virtualbox upgrade problem

Postby Fornhamfred on Sat Nov 01, 2008 3:40 am

Thanks.

I have searched the Ubuntu forums and found what seems to be the problem, but the solutions suggested have had no effect. All I can think of is a complete removal of virtualbox and re-installing but having tried this without success I am lost. Does anyone know if there any other files which should be removed after complete removal through synaptic?
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Re: Virtualbox upgrade problem (SOLVED)

Postby Fornhamfred on Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:48 pm

Update.

After full removal with synaptic and removing all files I could identify following these instructions:
Take note of the files installed (depending on installation method).
Remove using the removal tool (depending on installation method).
Check for leftovers and, in particular the files in /etc/init.d, in /etc/rc[0123456s].d and (most importantly!) in /etc/network/if-post-down.d/, /etc/network/if-pre-up.d/ and /etc/udev/rules.d/.
Reboot.
Re-install
After installation I had to install the linux headers for my kernel from the repros and then recompile the kernel module with
sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
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