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(SOLVED) Please help me, I'm against a wall.

asked 2018-09-18 01:41:21 -0500

Acidic-Mind gravatar image

updated 2018-09-21 12:08:42 -0500

Hello, i'm new to fedora so i am still finding my way around.....i finally got 26 upgraded to 28 but now i don't know how to delete the two or three version of 26 sitting around, also i am trying to get virtual box going but i get an error every time i run /sbin/vboxconfig.

[root@localhost ~]# /sbin/vboxconfig Stopping VirtualBox services. Starting VirtualBox services. Building VirtualBox kernel modules. failed: modprobe vboxdrv failed. Please use 'dmesg' to find out why.

There were problems setting up VirtualBox.  To re-start the set-up process, run
as root.

I have followed the walkthrough on the virtualbox website and it still isn't working, im also not able to figure out how to launch IPVanish. I've installed it, logged in, selected the server and then i finally got to i dont know how to reconnect.

i'm really loving Fedora but the learning curve is proving to be a bit...tedious for lack of a better word. Please help me, this is just absolutely destroying me that i cannot figure this out.

Very much appreciated.

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I have better experience with KVM/Qemu. If you can, you should try that instead of virtualbox.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-09-18 04:46:03 -0500 )edit

What does dmesg tell you?

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-09-18 04:46:23 -0500 )edit

Hi, and welcome to ask.fedora. If you have a minute, pleae read the guidelines. Following those will greatly improve the responses you receive in this forum. Cheers!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-09-18 09:40:09 -0500 )edit

dmesg had way too many errors to even try to read through. Thank you genode i'm going to try that.

Acidic-Mind gravatar imageAcidic-Mind ( 2018-09-19 12:54:33 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-09-18 09:37:35 -0500

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updated 2018-09-19 09:21:18 -0500

You're asking several questions in one - it would be generally better to ask those separately.

1.) you can ignore the "old" fc26 kernels. They will disappear once you update your fc28 with new kernels. No worries at all.

2.) I have seen many users fail to install VirtualBox (the proprietary version from virtualbox website/repo) because they are missing dependencies that VirtualBox needs, for example to build kernel modules. To install those dependencies, run the following command:

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

Then run again your sudo /sbin/vboxconfig command.

(As @genodeftest said, Gnome Boxes and virt-manager are open-source and work out-of-the-box in Fedora. Give it a shot!)

3.) IPVanish, you would have to provide more information. What did you do, what does not work.

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  1. Alright, thank you very much.
  2. Still failing to setup the vboxconfig The dmesg is too long to b able to paste it here, i am just going to try it with the gnome boxes or virt-manager.
  3. i figured that out thank you.
Acidic-Mind gravatar imageAcidic-Mind ( 2018-09-18 10:12:46 -0500 )edit

After installing the dependencies as described above, reboot. then try the vboxconfig again. you can paste dmesg here and paste the link.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-09-18 10:31:37 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-09-21 12:09:31 -0500

Acidic-Mind gravatar image

Hey all, I got it after a bit of tinkering. thank you so much for all the answers, it really helped me.

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It wouldn't hurt to post the answer in order to help others. But it is clearly asking too much. Thank you very much for being friendly, informative, and helpful to all the fedora community.

ed209 gravatar imageed209 ( 2018-09-21 12:14:15 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-09-18 09:18:05 -0500

ed209 gravatar image

What part of

Please use 'dmesg' to find out why

isn't clear to you? What dmesg has to say?

Besides, I absolutely second the advice to use kvm/qemu instead. Faster and less hassle when upgrading the kernel. You could either run it from Gnome Boxes, from terminal or use virt-manager to gain control of your virtual box.

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No it's not clear to me because there are too many warnings to go through in dmesg to read. to read all of it, it would take at least an hour. im just going to attempt what the other person said, different VM might work better. Thank you for the response and i guess i apologize for being a noob. i know noobies can be annoying to try to help but i appreciate all the help i can get.

Acidic-Mind gravatar imageAcidic-Mind ( 2018-09-19 12:52:30 -0500 )edit

@Acidic-Mind: You do not have to read all of it, most stuff is completely unrelated.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-09-19 13:12:40 -0500 )edit

@Acidic-Mind: So you already have the answer clearly written in system messages but you refuse to read it because "it's too long"? This has nothing to do with being a noob. How could you pretend we should help you when you are not giving any useful information, may I ask? Should we just guess out the answer until one gets it right? It could be everything, from missing gcc to kernel headers, source or no space left on /tmp.

And, besides, instead of learning Fedora being a noob as you stated, you just start using third party software without trying to understand the basics? Great.

ed209 gravatar imageed209 ( 2018-09-19 18:49:11 -0500 )edit

no, i read through it, the amount of errors is overwhelming, i've been working on trying to fix them, i've gotten pretty far but like i said, since im a noob, i dont know which warnings are even reffering to what im doing, i don't understand a decent amount of it so how am i supposed to give you the dmesg highlights when i can't even find it. i got around it.

if i could actually find a decently understandable guide to the basics i would learn them but since most of it is so confusing, im messing around learning the basics that way. if you provide a decent guide ill read it. until then...

Acidic-Mind gravatar imageAcidic-Mind ( 2018-09-21 11:45:30 -0500 )edit

@genodeftest i figured that out reading through it. could not even find the error associated with the VM. i went through and started setting everything up through terminal with virt-install. following a guide but it comes up with an error for the disk path so i have been trying to figure out the disk path for the ISO i would like to use (kali linux) ithink thats the final problem i'm having i switched to the built in KVM but am having troubles putting an OS on it. i'l do it, just takes a good amount of research. Thank you for being cordial and helpful.

Acidic-Mind gravatar imageAcidic-Mind ( 2018-09-21 11:48:42 -0500 )edit

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