VirtualBox no longer running in Debian

Today I had a strange problem with virtualbox in Debian Jessie which was no longer running.  When I start a virtual machine I got the following error message

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'

But the problem was that the vboxdrv was not installed so I was unable to run that command. Alos reinstalling Virtualbox or the linux-headers did not solve the problem.

After all I found this discussion on stackoverflow.  I was able to solve the problem by installing a new version of Virtualbox from the backports by using the following command:

apt-get -t jessie-backports install virtualbox

 

2 thoughts on “VirtualBox no longer running in Debian

  1. It is strange. I did not hear such a problem before. VirtualBox is a well known virtualization software. Debian/VirtualBox developers should this problem asap.

  2. I think the reason was that I installed Skype (with its i386 architecture) before – this seems to be the reason why something in the kernel becomes twisted.

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