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I want to run VirtualBox so that I can use Windows Vista, but this is what pops up when I start it.

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.

I don't know what it means, but I know I have to install something but don't know what to do.

marked as duplicate by precise, terdon, Avinash Raj, Braiam, user117103 Mar 26 '14 at 18:15

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  • what you want to install ? – Liso Mar 24 '14 at 2:25
  • i dont want to install anything i just want to run windows vsta – user258542 Mar 24 '14 at 2:26
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    Did you even read the error message you received? This is one of those rare cases where the error gives you the solution: "Please reinstall the kernel module by executing /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup as root". – terdon Mar 24 '14 at 6:47

You need to run

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

in Terminal. This is the installation script for kernel drivers. Also, you have to check if you have DKMS installed.

sudo apt-get policy dkms

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