[Howto] resolve error message Virtualbox ‘Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)’

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Error message:

Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)

The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall virtualbox-dkms package and load the kernel module by executing

‘modprobe vboxdrv’

as root.

where: suplibOsInit what: 3 VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED (-1908) – The support driver is not installed. On linux, open returned ENOENT.


  1. install the latest kernel (e.g. linux-image-4.6.0-1-amd64 package)
  2. install the latest kernel headers (e.g. linux-headers-4.6.0-1-amd64 package)
  3. reinstall virtualbox-dkms package