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Virtualbox fails to open, was working fine? Mate 17.1

Post by geekomatic » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:14 am

So, I use VB about 3 times a week. It's never had an issue, really.

Just now, I tried to open it and got an error about DKMS and a kernel mismatch. I ran the cmd it said to run and nothing changed. I thought I might as well uninstall VB, restart the computer, and reinstall the newest VB version that runs on 17.1/64. (virtualbox-5.2_5.2.26-128414~Ubuntu~trusty_amd64)

Now, I get a slightly different error:

"vboxdrv.sh: Building VirtualBox kernel modules.
egrep: Unmatched ) or \) vboxdrv.sh: failed: Look at /var/log/vbox-setup.log to find out what went wrong.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox. To re-start the set-up process, run /sbin/vboxconfig as root."

I did that-- and I'm right back to this same message. I honestly don't know what happened. Other then typical updates (levels 1-3), I've not messed with anything at all.

Assistance is appreciated. I have read other "similar" posts, but not quite this one as the rest are all able to upgrade beyond 5.2 to fix it, but until I move from Trusty, I can't.

Thanks!

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Re: Virtualbox fails to open, was working fine? Mate 17.1

Post by rickNS » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:49 am

geekomatic wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:14 am
got an error about DKMS and a kernel mismatch.


honestly don't know what happened. Other then typical updates (levels 1-3), I've not messed with anything at all.
I guess that's an example of what can go wrong, when updating only parts of the system.

Since that VB is new (January '19), and if you only install level 1-3 of linux updates, you probably have a 5 year old kernel, mismatch?

First (and easiest) thing I'd do is install the higher level Linux updates, likely fix your "mismatch" problem. If you don't want to do that, go back to the original working version of VB, you had, and blacklist it from updates.

You'll very soon be up for major update/upgrade anyway.
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Re: Virtualbox fails to open, was working fine? Mate 17.1

Post by Neil Edmond » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:41 pm

Very likely a recent kernel update broke VB.
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Re: Virtualbox fails to open, was working fine? Mate 17.1

Post by geekomatic » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:58 am

Close. I'm on 4.4.0- 144 generic.

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Re: Virtualbox fails to open, was working fine? Mate 17.1

Post by Neil Edmond » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:29 pm

Yep, there you are. Go back to 142 and all will work as before.

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