Not able to start VMs in Virtualbox – Ubuntu 12.10

After installing virtualbox you get the following message:

WARNING: The character device /dev/vboxdrv does not exist.
Please install the virtualbox-ose-dkms package and the appropriate
headers, most likely linux-headers-generic.

You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.

To fix it run the following commands:

sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`
sudo dpkg-reconfigure virtualbox-dkms
sudo dpkg-reconfigure virtualbox

3 thoughts on “Not able to start VMs in Virtualbox – Ubuntu 12.10

  1. Thanks for the help but it ended with an error.

    Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.13.0-36-generic (x86_64)
    Consult /var/lib/dkms/virtualbox/4.1.12/build/make.log for more information.
    * Stopping VirtualBox kernel modules [ OK ]
    * Starting VirtualBox kernel modules * No suitable module for running kernel found
    [fail]
    invoke-rc.d: initscript virtualbox, action “restart” failed.

  2. Above process is not working for me.
    Please help … with other alternatives

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