So this weekend, I decided to try again. I looked up how to completely purge VB 5.0 from my system before moving on to installing 5.1. This time I was able to find commands for installing it in the terminal on this page:
https://www.linuxbabe.com/virtualbox/in ... untu-16-04
It appeared to install okay and I've saved the code from that:
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thomas@thomas-Inspiron-3650 ~ $ sudo apt update [sudo] password for thomas: Hit:1 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial InRelease Ign:2 http://packages.linuxmint.com serena InRelease Hit:3 http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease Get:4 https://repo.skype.com/deb stable InRelease [4,487 B] Hit:5 http://packages.linuxmint.com serena Release Hit:6 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease Hit:7 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease Err:4 https://repo.skype.com/deb stable InRelease The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 1F3045A5DF7587C3 Hit:9 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease Hit:10 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease Hit:11 https://deb.opera.com/opera-stable stable InRelease Hit:12 http://ppa.launchpad.net/libreoffice/ppa/ubuntu xenial InRelease Hit:13 http://ppa.launchpad.net/notepadqq-team/notepadqq/ubuntu xenial InRelease Hit:14 http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu xenial InRelease Hit:15 http://ppa.launchpad.net/vincent-c/cherrytree/ubuntu xenial InRelease Hit:16 http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/tor-browser/ubuntu xenial InRelease Reading package lists... Done W: GPG error: https://repo.skype.com/deb stable InRelease: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 1F3045A5DF7587C3 E: The repository 'https://repo.skype.com/deb stable InRelease' is not signed. N: Updating from such a repository can't be done securely, and is therefore disabled by default. N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
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thomas@thomas-Inspiron-3650 ~ $ sudo apt install virtualbox-5.1 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required: libgsoap8 libvncserver1 virtualbox-dkms Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them. The following NEW packages will be installed: virtualbox-5.1 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 808 not upgraded. Need to get 65.9 MB of archives. After this operation, 163 MB of additional disk space will be used. Get:1 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian xenial/contrib amd64 virtualbox-5.1 amd64 5.1.28-117968~Ubuntu~xenial [65.9 MB] Fetched 65.9 MB in 8s (8,081 kB/s) Preconfiguring packages ... Selecting previously unselected package virtualbox-5.1. (Reading database ... 228928 files and directories currently installed.) Preparing to unpack .../virtualbox-5.1_5.1.28-117968~Ubuntu~xenial_amd64.deb ... Unpacking virtualbox-5.1 (5.1.28-117968~Ubuntu~xenial) ... Processing triggers for systemd (229-4ubuntu12) ... Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-19) ... Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-0ubuntu1) ... Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.5-2ubuntu0.1) ... Unknown media type in type 'all/all' Unknown media type in type 'all/allfiles' Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5) ... Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ... Setting up virtualbox-5.1 (5.1.28-117968~Ubuntu~xenial) ... Adding group `vboxusers' (GID 133) ... Done.
I've been trying for weeks to get this to run. I had purged the install of the old version of VB by running the uninstall including “purge” and then going in and manually deleting the leftover directories. It should have gotten rid of everything to allow for the install of 5.1. However, it's just not working. I've been trying for weeks to get it to work and I'm extremely frustrated. I've googled and googled and now it's time to reach out for help. Any help would be appreciated. I only need to run one Windows program, Dramatica, which runs under WINE, but extremely poorly. Everything else I'm able to either run natively under Linux or it runs well under WINE. Dramatica is horribly buggy under WINE so I need to get VirtualBox running so I can finally make it work.
I appreciate any help. Thanks.