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I'm using PortableVirtualBox for about a year with no problems. But from two weeks now -without upgrading or updating anything on Virtualbox or anything related on my PC- after running any of my VMs for a while then I cannot start any other VM, because VB pops up this error

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VirtualBox - Runtime Error
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Cannot access the kernel driver!
Make sure the kernel module has been loaded successfully.
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Abort   
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If I check the VB kernel driver with ServiWin the driver (VBoxDrv) shows up as "Stopping...", but never stops totally.

  • I tried with NET STOP VBoxDrv (as administrator), but it says that the service is starting or stopping
  • Tried the same running as System with PSEXEC -s, same result.
  • Reinstalled PortableVB and the VB runtimes, no luck
  • Try to kill the program using sc queryex vboxdrv, but the status is STOP_PENDING and the PID is 0, then I cannot find the process to kill
  • Checked memory with Memtest86 disk with MHDD, did a Prime95 torture test to find posible hardware errors: no problems there
  • If I reboot the PC, then I can use VB but the problem strikes again after starting a couple of VMs (or restarting the same VM after using it for a while)

My configuration:

  • PortableVirtualBox 3.3.6.1 (Launcher)
  • VirtualBox 4.0.10.r72479
  • VB USB and network drivers installed
  • Win7 Pro-64 Host
  • AMD Athlon II X3 450 / 8 Gby RAM

Any ideas to fix the initial error or force the VB driver to restart without rebooting?

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This worked for me

sudo apt-get install dkms
sudo apt-get -y install linux-headers-generic linux-headers-lbm-3.5.0-18-generic
sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Remember that the linux-headers-lbm-3.5.0-18-generic may be of a different version than the time of writing

EDIT: Also this post seems to be of help

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1) Backup your Virtualbox VDI’s

2) Uninstall Virtualbox

3) Remove any remnants of the install, depending on your version you should check both of these locations:

“C:\Program Files\Sun\Virtualbox” – or a directory similar to that under “Sun”.

“C:\Documents and Settings{account username}.VirtualBox\Machines

4) Reinstall Virtualbox and create a new VirtualMachine.

5) When prompted, choose your existing VDI and voila, you should be up and running again

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