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I am trying to start a VM using VirtualBox, however I get the following errors.

VB error 1

VB error 2

I have read many pages on this error (some on this forum) but none of the suggested fixes I have found seem to work. During install, whether using apt-get or a downloaded .deb I get install errors.

Terminal - install errors

I have tried installing VirtualBox 4.1 and 4.2 with the same results. Some suggestions I read sat to update the headers, where I get more errors.

Terminal - header errors

I must have some component or other missing from my system that VirtualBox does not like and dependencies that are not getting resolved :(

Are there any other suggestions?

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Just so you know I've played with virtualBox a lot and found it just had too many issues. Doesn't even support 3D cards in any useful way. VMWare is far superior and I run my 3D steam games with no issues. Not an answer, but a recommend. –  Meer Borg Mar 12 '13 at 14:56
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Due to bug #1081307 the virtualbox-ose package won't build its kernel modules in 12.04, or 12.10. Try to install the most recent version from the Oracle repository: askubuntu.com/questions/41478/…. –  Takkat Mar 12 '13 at 15:33
    
@Takkat - read the page you linked to. Still not fixed :( Looked at the install log and it contains the following: Attempting to install using DKMS Creating symlink /var/lib/dkms/vboxhost/4.2.8/source -> /usr/src/vboxhost-4.2.8 DKMS: add completed. Failed to install using DKMS, attempting to install without Makefile:181: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR=<directory> and run Make again. Stop. As shown above I'm having a lot of problems with my Kernel headers. –  Andrew Mar 13 '13 at 13:48

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After Virtualbox stopped working again, I found a more permanent fix on Super User. The below commands install the latest headers. The last one updates Virtualbox with the new information.

sudo apt-get update

apt-cache search linux-headers-$(uname -r)

sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

sudo ./etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
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I gave up trying to get Virtualbox to work so I installed VMware. However after installing and running apt-get update and apt-get upgrade, VMware didn’t work :( But when I opened Virtualbox again, it did! So it worked out the fix for Virtualbox was to install VMware. It must have installed a dependency I needed. At least it works now!

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