Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

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Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby Dusty716 » 16. Apr 2014, 04:46

I have installed virtualbox 4.3 onto my OPENSUSE64-13.1 installation. everything seems to have went fine until I try to create a virtual server. Everytime after creating with the NEW command i try to start and I receive this error "Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)" I have tried to do what it said to no avail and have tried many googled solutions. Please help! here is all the info I have:
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. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.
Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Ultimate UBUNTU 42.
The virtual machine 'Ultimate UBUNTU 42' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1.

Result Code:
NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Component:
Machine
Interface:
IMachine {480cf695-2d8d-4256-9c7c-cce4184fa048}


/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules done
Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules done
Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMS
done
Starting VirtualBox kernel modules done

"
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby dsherer » 17. Apr 2014, 04:40

Have you tried to install the DKMS? you will need that installed.
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby Scaler » 18. Apr 2014, 11:16

Same issue here using Ubuntu 13.10.

Error message when I try to start a virtual machine:
Échec de l'ouverture de session pour la machine virtuelle Windows 7.

The virtual machine 'Windows 7' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1.

Code d'erreur : NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Composant : Machine
Interface : IMachine {22781af3-1c96-4126-9edf-67a020e0e858}


Other error window:
VirtualBox - Error In suplibOsinit
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. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.


When I type the suggested command line (/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup):
sudo: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: command not found


I tried this command line : sudo /etc/init.d/virtualbox restart
* Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
* Starting VirtualBox kernel modules
* No suitable module for running kernel found [fail]


dkms and virtualbox-dkms packages are installed.

I've found suggestion on other websites to reinstall virtualbox-dkms:
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the
kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed.
* Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
* Starting VirtualBox kernel modules
* No suitable module for running kernel found [fail]
invoke-rc.d: initscript virtualbox, action "restart" failed.
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby loukingjr » 18. Apr 2014, 11:52

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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby svassr » 31. Jul 2014, 19:35

I have the same issue with OSX 10.9.4 and VirtuaBox 4.3.12
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby Mudkipzsupreme » 31. Aug 2014, 22:35

Scaler wrote:Same issue here using Ubuntu 13.10.

Error message when I try to start a virtual machine:
Échec de l'ouverture de session pour la machine virtuelle Windows 7.

The virtual machine 'Windows 7' has terminated unexpectedly during startup with exit code 1.

Code d'erreur : NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Composant : Machine
Interface : IMachine {22781af3-1c96-4126-9edf-67a020e0e858}


Other error window:
VirtualBox - Error In suplibOsinit
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. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.


When I type the suggested command line (/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup):
sudo: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: command not found


I tried this command line : sudo /etc/init.d/virtualbox restart
* Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
* Starting VirtualBox kernel modules
* No suitable module for running kernel found [fail]


dkms and virtualbox-dkms packages are installed.

I've found suggestion on other websites to reinstall virtualbox-dkms:
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

Module build for the currently running kernel was skipped since the
kernel source for this kernel does not seem to be installed.
* Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
* Starting VirtualBox kernel modules
* No suitable module for running kernel found [fail]
invoke-rc.d: initscript virtualbox, action "restart" failed.


These instructions worked for me guys. Encountered said error with Linux Mint 17, this fixed it.
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby thebunnyrules » 24. Apr 2015, 06:22

SOLUTION

Took me a long time to solve this issue. Had this problem with vBox across 2 distros (Ubuntu and Arch).

I had dkms and all the modules already installed and compiled into my kernel, yet I still got a module related error message when I tried to run a vBox virtual machine.

If your vBox GUI starts without a hitch but get an error telling you to install the VBoxDrv kernel module (or any other modules) when you try to run a virtual machine, your problems are not related to installing the modules into your kernel but ACTIVATING THEM in modprobe which the module installation script fails to do.

To load a module manually (such as vboxdrv), open a terminal prompt and put in :

sudo modprobe vboxdrv

if your error message is telling you that your missing another module, be sure to activate it as well.

If you Virtual Machine runs after that without giving you an error message, you've found the solution. Then you can activate the vboxdrv module permanently by going to /etc/modules-load.d/ (or whatever .d directory your modprobe uses) and making a .conf file within it (such as vbox.conf). In the .conf file, put in the names of the vbox kernel modules you want to add, such as: vboxdrv and optionally vboxnetadp, vboxnetflt and vboxpci. If you don't know what they do, see the excerpt below that I took out of vBox's wiki. Save the .conf file and reboot

From Vbox's wiki:

vboxnetadp and vboxnetflt are both needed when you intend to use the "Host-only networking" feature. More precisely, vboxnetadp is needed to create the host interface in the VirtualBox global preferences, and vboxnetflt is needed to launch a virtual machine using that network interface.

vboxpci is needed when your virtual machine needs to pass through a PCI device on your host.

Note: If the VirtualBox kernel modules were loaded in the kernel while you updated the modules, you need to reload them manually to use the new updated version. To do it, run vboxreload as root.
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Re: Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

Postby allisonfordk » 4. Jul 2016, 13:57

The code did the magic, thanks! However, I dont get the part about activating vboxdrv module permanently. Sorry, I'm an amateur.
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