Ticket #10613 (closed defect: worksforme)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 6 years ago

Error in suplibOsInit - Kernel driver not installed

Reported by: lowracer Owned by:
Priority: blocker Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.16 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Linux


I've been using Virtualbox for years, just upgraded to a new machine and upgraded the OS to Ubuntu 12.04. Got daily system freezes with this new OS so I upgraded to kernel 3.4. This seems to have fixed the daily crashes but now Virtualbox won't run any virtual machines. I just can not get a virtual machine started. It tells me that the Kernel driver is not installed (rc=-1908) and instructs me to run /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup. When I try that I get very soon to a black screen filled with white text, looks like this might be a kernel panic? I've tried a number of different ways to get this to work, all have failed resulting in that black screen of death. Any suggestions would be appreciated as I'm unable to run Windows 7 now in a virtual machine, part of the reason I upgraded to the new machine and OS.

I have completely de-installed and purged virtualbox in my attempts to get this to work so I do not have a VBox.log file. I currently can not install the program without blackscreen so I am unable to generate a VBox.log file at this time. I am on Linux but I do not have a core file but I was able to take a photograph of the black screen, which I will attach.


IMG_2717.JPG Download (110.6 KB) - added by lowracer 6 years ago.
screenshot of black screen of death
dmesg Download (82.7 KB) - added by lowracer 6 years ago.

Change History

Changed 6 years ago by lowracer

screenshot of black screen of death

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Hachiman

Could you please attach config file of you kernel and dmesg?

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by frank

Where do you have the kernel 3.4 kernel packages from? I've seen many annoying problems with packages from Ubuntu ppa archives, see this ticket and your error description sounds similar.

Changed 6 years ago by lowracer


comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by lowracer

I have attached the dmesg. Not sure what config file is being requested, can you give me a suggestion for the location and filename?

I got the kernel 3.4 from

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by frank

As I said, we already had very bad experiences from users using these kernel packages, for instance see #10384. These packages normally have the problem that the headers don't exactly fit the kernel package. And your provided dmesg log also shows a problem so I guess the kernel package you are using is broken as well.

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by lowracer

Thanks for the quick response. So is there a suggested workaround? Go back to stock Ubuntu 12.04 and just deal with the daily system freezes or get a 3.4 kernel from some other source?

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by frank

First, don't use the packages from the kernel ppa. Let's focus on your 'system freeze'. How can you trigger it and are you sure that it is related to VirtualBox at all?

comment:7 Changed 6 years ago by lowracer

The system freeze is independent of Virtualbox. There is a bug report about it in launchpad ( Stock Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Intel ivy bridge CPU. It seems to happen either while scrolling or resizing a window. Generally seems to happen about once a day. Complete system lock-up, no mouse movement, no keyboard, no ALT-F1 etc. to get to another command line. This bug in launchpad is where I got the idea to upgrade the kernel (to 3.3.6 originally, which also gave the Virtualbox crashes as I have described, and then I decided to go to 3.4 to see if that would fix the virtualbox crashes, which it didn't.)

comment:8 Changed 6 years ago by frank

Then I fear I cannot help you. You could try to build a kernel from the sources yourself or perhaps you find another kernel package. The packages from kernel-ppa are most likely broken.

comment:9 Changed 6 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to worksforme
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