Ubuntu – Virtualbox Kernel driver not installed


I tried to use my Virtual Box and this is the error I received – (I just updated to the new Ubuntu also) and I am VERY new at this Linux OS.

Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or
there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the
kernel module by executing

'/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup'

as root. Users of Ubuntu, Fedora or Mandriva should install the DKMS
package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and
recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.

Virtualbox Kernel driver not installed

Best Answer

  • Re-install virtualbox-dkms package first

    sudo apt-get autoremove virtualbox-dkms
    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` dkms virtualbox-dkms

    After that You can enable it manually

    sudo modprobe vboxdrv
    sudo modprobe vboxnetflt