Over my Kubuntu 16.04 LTS machine I try to spawn a VM using virtualbox but the whole ui comletely freezes. Few days before with same OS over my laptop I manage to spaawn vms.

My machine has 16GB ram and 16GB swap so swap does not seem to be an issue according to Ubuntu freezes when starting virtualbox

I also tried to reinstall both virtualbox & virtualbox-dkms packages without any noticable change towards to a better option.


As stated on: VirtualBox 5.0.40 crashes the whole host since update to kernel 4.13.0-26-generic

Check the virtualbox version with the command:

apt-cache policy `dpkg -S VirtualBox | head -n1 | sed -e 's/://g' | awk '{print $1}'`

Ans the kernel version with the command:

 uname -r

There is a posibility an unsupported version of virtualbox form the kernel. I would suggest using virtualbox 5.2 version or later. Please follow the link above in order to look for instructions on how to install it.

In my case when that happened I had the 4.13.0-26-generic kernel and virtualbox version 5.0.40-dfsg-0ubuntu1.16.04.2.

  • I had the same problem than Dimitrios, and indeed that solved it. – Se6 Jan 15 '18 at 20:58
  • i completely uninstall virtualbox and still when I use the commands above, it says: 4.13.0-36-generic what should i do?? – Fatemeh Karimi Mar 15 '18 at 7:00
  • Is not the kernel that should change but the virtualbox version. In other words install the latest virtualbox ;) If you have probs with that then follow the steps in the link and check if your problems have been solved. – Dimitrios Desyllas Mar 16 '18 at 13:03

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