I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and would like to learn more in a safer environment than using my host machine. I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 Kernel 5.3.1 and am struggling to create a VirtualBox Ubuntu VM.

When I try to start the machine I get:


Running modprobe xboxdrv as root I get:

modprobe xboxdrv
modprobe: FATAL: Module xboxdrv not found in directory /lib/modules/5.3.1-050301-generic

When I run:

sudo apt install --reinstall virtualbox-dkms

I get

Unpacking virtualbox-dkms (5.2.32-dfsg-0~ubuntu18.04.1) over (5.2.32-dfsg-0~ubuntu18.04.1) ...
Setting up virtualbox-dkms (5.2.32-dfsg-0~ubuntu18.04.1) ... 
Loading new virtualbox-5.2.32 DKMS files...
Building for 5.3.1-050301-generic
Building initial module for 5.3.1-050301-generic
ERROR (dkms apport): kernel package linux-headers-5.3.1-050301-generic is not supported
Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 5.3.1-050301-generic (x86_64)
Consult /var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build/make.log for more information.

The mentioned file contains this:

CC [M] 
CC [M] 
CC [M] 
CC [M] 
CC [M] 
In function ‘VBoxHost_RTMpOnAll’:
error: void value not ignored as it ought to be
         int rc = smp_call_function(rtmpLinuxAllWrapper, &Args, 0 /* wait */);
                  ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ /var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build/vboxdrv/r0drv/linux/mp-r0drv-linux.c:
In function ‘VBoxHost_RTMpOnOthers’:
error: void value not ignored as it ought to be
     rc = smp_call_function(rtmpLinuxWrapper, &Args, 1 /* wait */);
        ^ scripts/Makefile.build:280: recipe for target '/var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build/vboxdrv/r0drv/linux/mp-r0drv-linux.o'
failed make[2]: ***
Error 1 make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
   CC [M] 
scripts/Makefile.build:497: recipe for target
'/var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build/vboxdrv' failed
 make[1]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build/vboxdrv]
 Error 2 Makefile:1624: recipe for target '_module_/var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build' failed
 make: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/5.2.32/build]
 Error 2 make: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux-headers-5.3.1-050301-generic'

How do I get VirtualBox running on Ubuntu?


VirtualBox doesn't work with kernel 5.3 yet, so either downgrade to kernel 5.2 or wait for VirtualBox update that fixes this (or patch it yourself).

  • How would I go about patching it myself? Also, how long does it usually take for them to update the fix? – yaharga Sep 25 '19 at 20:55

VirtualBox 6.0.14 now contains the fix: changelog guide for upgrading

  • I am running VirtualBox Version 6.1.14 r140239 (Qt5.9.5) and am still running into this problem with no solution. – Jeff Mattson Sep 10 '20 at 20:16

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