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I am running an Ubuntu Server (12.0.4-beta2; kernel 3.2.0) in VirtualBox (host is Win7) and I want to use shared folders. I've followed the manual to set up vbox guest additions but this error occurs with every startup:

Starting the VirtualBox Guest Additions!
(modprobe vboxguest failed)
Starting VirtualBox Guest Addition service VirtualBox Additions module not loaded!

When I try it myself:

$ modprobe vboxguest
FATAL: Module vboxguest not found.

Did I do something wrong, what do I need to fix it? Thanks for help.

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Put some kmesg on pastebin and post the link? – Apr 15 '12 at 1:25
Thanks. How do I do this? cat /proc/kmsg doesn't write anything. – Andrew123321 Apr 15 '12 at 9:56
Sorry, it should be sudo dmesg > file.log – Apr 15 '12 at 9:58
Here it is – Andrew123321 Apr 16 '12 at 10:44

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I had this problem today, and solved it by installing the kernel-headers

yum install dkms binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers 


yum install kernel-devel


yum install kernel-pae-devel

Then re-run

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For people coming across this in the future, this did the trick perfectly for me on a fresh install of CentOS 6.2 – AndyPerfect May 16 '12 at 23:25
This works because compiles the VirtualBox kernel modules, but doesn't quite mention this when it fails. – Piskvor Feb 27 '14 at 16:10

I discovered here that the standard guest additions install includes a built-in setup function, so there's no need to reinstall:

/etc/init.d/vboxadd setup

This gave me the error about missing kernel sources, so as brendan's answer, yum install kernel-devel, and then that setup command works, and everything seems to be back to normal again!

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I had a similar problem today, but it turns out the vagrant-vbguest plugin was not installed. So, in the folder with my Vagrantfile:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest

That solved it for me.

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