VirtualBox error : kernel driver not installed(rc=-1908) [closed]

VirtualBox error : kernel driver not installed(rc=-1908) [closed] :

Thought I’d give my 2 cents for those who use MACs

sudo /Library/Application\ Support/VirtualBox/LaunchDaemons/VirtualBoxStartup.sh restart

sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1885936&page=6

ps. I have this issue everytime I get a Linux kernel update in Ubuntu. The instructions that it gives do not work for me but these two commands work everytime. It would be nice if everytime I got a kernel update these two commands would automatically run afterwards…


I have a solution that works for MacOS users:

  1. You have to restart your system and press Command (⌘) + R during the loading. It will start the Recovery mode.
  2. Now that you’re on the Recovery Mode, click on Utilities (top bar) and Terminal.
  3. You have your terminal opened? Enter, it will add Oracle in the authorisation list to access the kernel.spctl kext-consent add VB5E2TV963
  4. Restart again.

You’re welcome.


(I’m on a Mac with this solution) I tried the first few answers on this board (so you might need those as well first), but then finally I Allowed Oracle to “load software” under System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> in the bottom right, click “Allow…” Then a dialog box with checkbox options might come up, search for Oracle and check the box next to it. Click OK out of everything. (I also updated the preference above the “Allow…” button to Allow apps downloaded from: to “App store and identified developers“) After all of this I rebooted and I no longer see this -1908 error when running a VM. Again, I’m on a Mac, running Big Sur 11.2.1.

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