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Thursday, October 16, 2008

VirtualBox: Spawning Session

After a recent kernel upgrade, I found my VirtualBox 2.0 stopped launching VMs, and would just sit there with a dialog saying "Spawning Session" and a progresss bar which never went past 0%.

A quick look on Ubuntuforums and I found others are having the same problem. Turns out the kernel module hasn't loaded. We can force a recompile with this command:

sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

It then stops, recompiles, and starts the module:

* Stopping VirtualBox kernel module
* done.

* Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module
* done.

* Starting VirtualBox kernel module
* done.

And VirtualBox is working again!


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you saved my day

greetings from good old austria

Jamie said...

You're more than welcome!

I'm glad (and quite surprised) that someone is actually reading this.