Slackware :: VirtualBox Failing To Build Kernel Modules

Jan 10, 2010

If others are have the problem of VirtualBox failing to build the kernel modules with kernel 2.6.32 try this :-

1. Install VirtualBox and watch as the kernel modules fail to compile.

2. Change the line

In the following files :-
Line 231 /opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxdrv/Makefile
Line 170 /opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxnetadp/Makefile
Line 174 /opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxnetflt/Makefile

3. Run /etc/rc.d/rc.vboxdrv setup

You will now have a working VirtualBox setup. NB This is written purely from the standpoint of using the Closed source version of VB not the OSE version.

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: Unable To Start VirtualBox Kernel Modules - Error Stopping VirtualBox Kernel Modules

Mar 23, 2011

I was trying to install VirtualBox through the YaST > Software Management but it is not working, someone in the forum told me that I have to download the OSE version and do it manual way. Finally I am able to start up VB but not able to use the network connection. Thus I am trying to do this:

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup. I get this error:


When I type dmesg, it shows me a bunch of info which I don't know what should look for. When I type modprobe vboxnetflt, I get the error: FATAL: Error inserting vboxnetflt (/lib/modules/ Invalid module format. what should I do in order to get my VB to be able to connect to the internet?

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Slackware :: Can't Build VirtualBox Kernel Module In 13.1

Apr 26, 2011

I am using the 13.1 build scripts from I modified the scripts to build 3.2.12 rather than 3.2.10.

In 13.1 the main VirtualBox 3.2.12 OSE package built and installed without errors. The VirtualBox GUI starts without errors.

Running the script built a kernel source package without errors.

Yet the VirtualBox kernel module won't build. I receive the following error:

]*** Building 'vboxdrv' module ***
make[1]: Entering directory `/dev/shm/virtualbox-kernel-3.2.12/vboxdrv'
make KBUILD_VERBOSE= -C /lib/modules/ SUBDIRS=/dev/shm/virtualbox-kernel-3.2.12/vboxdrv SRCROOT=/dev/shm/virtualbox-kernel-3.2.12/vboxdrv modules


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Slackware :: VirtualBox < 3.1.4 Module Build Fails On 2.6.33 Kernel

Mar 4, 2010

I had an issue with the module build for vbox 3.1.2 breaking on the latest kernel ( /etc/rc.d/rc.vboxdrv setup ). Apparently the issue is that a kernel header (autoconf.h ) has changed its location in the module tree and hence the issue.

2 options:

1. upgrade to 3.1.4

2. create a symlink as follows

cd /usr/src/linux/include/linux
ln -s ../generated/autoconf.h autoconf.h

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Debian :: VirtualBox Error - 'install Virtualbox-ose-modules Package For Kernel And Execute 'modprobe Vboxdrv'

Apr 27, 2010

my error when trying to run a VB (Virtualbox). Error as copied from error box. install the virtualbox-ose-modules package for your kernel and execute 'modprobe vboxdrv' as root. VBox status code: -1908 (VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED).


I get this when trying to launch a VB after making one with wizzard.

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Jul 22, 2010

I am trying to setup Slacware 13.1 x86_64 to a encrypted partition. I used the README_CRYPT.TXT howto : [URL] At the step when I create an initrd.gz I get this error: Quote: ERROR: No /lib/modules/ kernel modules tree found for kernel ""

I tried to look into the directory and there was only modules under So I tried to change the command into: Quote: mkinitrd -c -k -m ext3 -f ext3 -r cryptroot -C /dev/sda2

This command was successful, but I don't know if this is alright. I made the changes in lilo.conf, add initrd = initrd.gz. This is all on unencrypted /boot partition. The boot=/dev/sda1 I also set for the unencrypted boot partition. When I boot the system I get a kernel panic:


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OpenSUSE :: Kernel Module / Building VirtualBox Guest Additions Kernel Modules - Failed?

Feb 10, 2010

I installed openSUSE 11.2 on virtualbox. My host is windows 7. I tried to install the guest additions, but i get an error saying

Building VirtualBox Guest Additions Kernel Modules...Failed
(Your system does not seem to be set up to build kernel modules)

How should i go about to let my system build kernel modules?

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General :: Kernel 3.0-ARCH VMWare Modules Wont Build

Aug 4, 2011

Since new kernel 3.0 update I cannot rebuild vmware modules


sudo vmware-modconfig --console --install-all Unable to initialize kernel module configuration

how to do that. Where do I insert the "CONFIG_LOCALVERSION" line.


Same here. This seems to be due to the kernel version being "3.0" instead of "3.0.0". Recompiling the Kernel (and all modules based on it, e.g. nvidia) with
CONFIG_LOCALVERSION=".0-ARCH" allows me to compile the modules and run VMware.

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OpenSUSE :: Can't Recompile Virtualbox Kernel Modules After Upgrade To 11.4?

Mar 20, 2011

This has got me stumped. I expected to do /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup after the upgrade from 11.3 to 11.4 but the command fails. The log is (it seems to repeat so I only quote the final bits to make it fit into the wordcount limit):

make KBUILD_VERBOSE=1 -C /lib/modules/ SUBDIRS=/tmp/vbox.0 SRCROOT=/tmp/vbox.0 modules


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Fedora Hardware :: Run At 1920x1200 - Error: Building The VirtualBox Guest Additions Kernel Modules [FAILED]

Jan 31, 2010

I opted to install my Linux Fedora distribution, in a SUN VM (Virtualbox). [URL] I have 2 questions:

My current max res available to select is 1024x768. Can I run at 1920x1200? My display indicated that it is 'Unknown'. I don't know if that is in on the deal, or not...

Second question: When installing VBOXADDITIONS_3.1.2_56127, I am getting the error: Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules [FAILED]

If I am displaying the log correctly, it indicates: Makefile:23: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR=<directory> and run Make again.. Stop Pictures are located here, in the EVGA Linux forum: [URL] I am new to both Linux, and Fedora.

My mission statement: To run Linux using the Fedora distribution, in a VM window under Windows 7 64bit Ultimate, with the ability for scripting using Bash, with the Perl programming language installed, and use Apache Tomcat to monitor both apps, and various VM installs, on numerous Servers via the internet.

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Fedora :: Akmods Fails To Build VirtualBox-OSE Driver For Kernel 2.6.40-4

Aug 2, 2011

I had no problems up to the newest kernel version. But for 2.6.40-4 akmods fails to build the kmod with the following error:

Building RPM using the command '/usr/bin/akmodsbuild --target x86_64 --kernels 2.6.40-4.fc15.x86_64 /usr/src/akmods/VirtualBox-OSE-kmod.latest'
Building modules, stage 2.
MODPOST 1 modules
CC /tmp/akmodsbuild.yob64XwN/BUILD/VirtualBox-OSE-kmod-4.0.4/_kmod_build_2.6.40-4.fc15.x86_64/vboxnetflt/vboxnetflt.mod.o
LD [M] /tmp/akmodsbuild.yob64XwN/BUILD/VirtualBox-OSE-kmod-4.0.4/_kmod_build_2.6.40-

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Dec 27, 2009

I'm trying to install Sun VirtualBox Additions into Fedora 12 which is installed in VirtualBox running on top of Windows 7. As the Fedora install was originally a live distro which was then installed to the HD, it may be missing some essential files for compiling.

My attempt to install the VBoxLinux additions is incomplete and I can't get the full range of video displays. The largest is This is the error message: "Your system does not seem to be set up to build kernel modules".

Should I update Fedora to install all the updates available? I did find one webpage which gave an accurate list of files to install for this purpose but can't find it now.

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Apr 10, 2011

I upgrade my slackware to slackware-current. But, when I look /etc/rc.d/rc.modules, it's still symlink to old kernel. Is this normal? Or i must change the symlink manually?


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Jun 10, 2011

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Feb 11, 2011

I upgraded to the latest -current just like always. I do the kernel packages last. This time, the machine failed to boot, telling me that it could not find the kernel modules. Well, rats.

I booted with a slackware dvd, passed the huge.s kernel, and booted into /dev/sda7, which is my main partition. I mounted /dev/sda7, and installed the kernel-modules- pkg. Rebooted, and got the same error?

I booted again with the dvd, mounted the partition, and navigated to /lib/modules - no in there!

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Mar 24, 2011

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Apr 12, 2010

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Oct 22, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I tried to build the virtualbox 3.1.6 kernel using the files from and I got this error that says it cannot find the kernel include directory. My current kernel is (slack 13.1).

I tried SOME_VAR=/usr/include --> (I forgot the exact variable name, but I used the variable name I saw in the error message) just a guess , but it didn't work of course.

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Jan 26, 2010

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Jan 9, 2010

I started slax in cli mode and tried to install nvidia driver before running X but it won't install. My log:

nvidia-installer log file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log'
creation time: Sun Jan 10 04:21:14 2010
option status:
license pre-accepted : false
Update : false
Force update : false
Expert : false
uninstall : false
Driver info : false ....

ERROR: Unable to build the NVIDIA kernel module.
ERROR: Installation has failed. Please see the file '/var/log/nvidia-installer.log' for details.

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Jan 4, 2010

I download "" and installed it, and got a messages like this " virtualbox have been installed successfully in my system", but when I run virtualbox, I've been told "/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup" something like that. And I run virtualbox in terminal, got this:

Warning: The vboxdrv kernel module is not loaded. Either there is no module available for the current kernel ( or it failed to load. Please recompile the kernel module and install it by
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You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.

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Starting VirtualBox kernel module ...failed!
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Apr 16, 2010

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Feb 2, 2010

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My new laptop works out of the box except for the video and the ethernet. For this, I have to use a later kernel than the Debian kernel (debian squeeze is currently 2.6.32). Upgrading to the new kernel (without moving to the testing dist itself) was pretty easy. I just installed linux-image-2.6.38-2-amd64 and linux-base from the testing distribution by manually downloading and using dpkg. After that, ethernet and video started working.

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