I'm with Ubuntu 15.04 and I'm trying to create an emulator (genymotion), but when run virtualbox, i got the error:

Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules ...done.
Uninstalling old VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules ...done.
Trying to register the VirtualBox kernel modules using DKMSError! Your kernel headers for kernel 3.16.0-30-generic cannot be found.
Please install the linux-headers-3.16.0-30-generic package, or use the --kernelsourcedir option to tell DKMS where it's located ...failed!
(Failed, trying without DKMS) Recompiling VirtualBox kernel modules ...failed! (Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)

I performed

uname -a

And the result is:

Linux douglas 3.16.0-30-generic #40-Ubuntu SMP Mon Jan 12 22:06:37 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Someone help me?Already I uninstalled and installed again.

  • Why are you running Utopic kernel with the Vivid OS?
    – Terrance
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 21:24
  • How do I fix this?
    – Roknauta
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 21:25
  • Run sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic-lts-utopic from a terminal window and reboot the host when completed.
    – Terrance
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 21:27
  • Appeared this message: E: Impossível encontrar o pacote linux-headers-generic-lts-utopic
    – Roknauta
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 21:31
  • 1
    Possible duplicate of VirtualBox 4.3 on Ubuntu 13.10 unable to run VM
    – user.dz
    Commented Jun 22, 2016 at 15:58

1 Answer 1


You are missing the kernel for Ubuntu Vivid. Probably it was remove by accident. So here are the steps.

# Install latest kernel
$ sudo apt-get install linux-generic

# Restart your machine ...

# Recompile the kernel module for Virtualbox
$ sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

I had the same problem after trying to install Virtualbox 5.0 on Ubuntu 15.04 and I think I 've removed also the kernel while purging the virtualbox packages.

  • OP is missing 3.19 kernel image too. That is some bud in upgrade.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Jul 10, 2015 at 18:36

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