In this guide, we will walk you through the process of installing the virtualbox-dkms package in Ubuntu. The virtualbox-dkms package is essential for VirtualBox to work correctly as it contains the kernel modules required for the software.
Before we begin, ensure that you have administrative access to your Ubuntu system. You will need to use
sudo commands, which require root privileges.
Step 1: Removing Existing virtualbox-dkms Package
First, we need to remove any existing virtualbox-dkms package from your system. Open your terminal and run the following command:
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
sudo command allows you to run commands with administrative privileges. The
apt-get remove command is used to remove an installed package from your system.
Step 2: Installing the Linux-headers Package
The next step is to install the linux-headers package that matches your current kernel version. You can find your kernel version by running the command
For example, if your kernel version is 3.5.0-17-generic, run the following command:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic
apt-get install command is used to install a package in your system.
Step 3: Reconfiguring the virtualbox-dkms Package
Now, we need to reconfigure the virtualbox-dkms package to rebuild the kernel modules. Run the following command:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure virtualbox-dkms
dpkg-reconfigure command reconfigures packages after they have already been installed.
Step 4: Loading the vboxdrv Module
Finally, load the vboxdrv module by running the following command:
sudo modprobe vboxdrv
modprobe command is used to add a loadable kernel module (LKM) to the Linux kernel or to remove an LKM from the kernel.
If you encounter any issues during the installation process, you can try the following methods:
- Reinstall the virtualbox-dkms package using the
sudo apt install --reinstall virtualbox-dkms
- Rebuild the virtualbox kernel drivers by running the
- Use the Synaptic package manager to install the dkms package for VirtualBox. To open Synaptic, run the following command:
Then, search for ‘dkms’ and (re)install the one for VirtualBox.
Remember to check if your BIOS settings have any security features that may interfere with VirtualBox. Disabling these security features may help resolve any compatibility issues.
In this guide, we walked through the process of installing the virtualbox-dkms package in Ubuntu. We hope this guide was helpful and you now have a better understanding of how to install and configure the virtualbox-dkms package. If you have any questions or run into any issues, feel free to leave a comment below.
The virtualbox-dkms package contains the kernel modules required for VirtualBox to work correctly in Ubuntu.
Administrative access is required to run
sudo commands, which are needed to install and configure packages on your Ubuntu system.
You can remove an existing virtualbox-dkms package by running the command
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms in the terminal.
You can find your current kernel version by running the command
uname -r in the terminal.
You can install the linux-headers package for your current kernel version by running the command
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-[your-kernel-version] in the terminal, replacing
[your-kernel-version] with your actual kernel version.
You can reconfigure the virtualbox-dkms package by running the command
sudo dpkg-reconfigure virtualbox-dkms in the terminal.
You can load the vboxdrv module by running the command
sudo modprobe vboxdrv in the terminal.
If you encounter issues during the installation process, you can try reinstalling the virtualbox-dkms package using the
--reinstall option with
apt, rebuilding the virtualbox kernel drivers with the
/sbin/vboxconfig command, or using the Synaptic package manager to install the dkms package for VirtualBox.
Yes, some BIOS settings, particularly security features, may interfere with VirtualBox. If you encounter compatibility issues, you can try disabling these security features in your BIOS settings.