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for some reason Virtualbox keeps saying it has trouble opening its own .vdi images

exit code: 1
Result Code: 
NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
IMachine {5eaa9319-62fc-4b0a-843c-0cb1940f8a91}

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

root@VAIO-VPCEB23FM:~# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
bash: /etc/init.d/vboxdrv: No such file or directory

What command will reset everything so I can use it again?

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Check your /etc/init.d directory to see if there's anything related to vboxdrv. Googling shows it sometimes getting renamed to vboxdrv.dpkg.bak; others report that they have /etc/init.d/virtualbox-ose and that running

/etc/init.d/virtualbox-ose start

fixed their problem.

Also, un-installing virtualbox and installing it again would most definitely solve the problem. You may as well install dkms package when doing this.

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Running VirtualBox using gksudo VirtualBox worked for me; I'm yet to investigate why...

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