Why VirtualBox Refuses to Install in Fedora Linux

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After working for a few hours getting VirtualBox working in Fedora 27, I was about to throw in the towel. The sad thing is, I’ve never had this kind of trouble getting it installed before! What’s the problem? You may be surprised. Join me and find out!


  1. Hello FG! Sometimes the version of VBox is not compatible with the version of the kernel.
    On Gentoo I had VBox 5.2.6 and the kernel was 4.15.0, well it failed to emerge. I got a patch from the Gentoo forums and I had to apply this patch for all the versions of the kernel starting at 4.15.0 up and through all the intermediate versions to 4.15.6 included.
    When 4.15.7 came out so came VBox 5.2.8 and it was the first time I didn't have to use the patch: VBox 5.2.8 is compatible with the series 4.15 of the kernel!
    Fortunately 4.16 will introduce a lot of improvements for VBox!
    Best regards.

  2. Hey, you mentioned that Fedora 27 as far you are aware wouldn't install if secure boot is enabled. Well for the last few week I have been investigating switching to Linux and have been testing Fedora 27 and I have secure boot enabled and it installed fine, have been testing using the apps I use on Windows to see how they work eg Virtualization. I installed VBox ok haven't tested a VM yet but will do that (as you said your issue occurred when you booted the VM) what has been giving errors is VMware workstation, have not been able to get that running at all. Before I wipe my Win Is want to make sure I can do my stuff while I learn to use the available Linux alternatives (KVM, lxc and the like) So my question is should I have disabled secure boot when installing Fedora?

  3. I don't actually know, but if a system starts in efi mode it normally executes the efi "startup" file (grubx64.efi or refind.efi…) with an efi shell and i think it's possible to change secureboot settings through the efi shell and maybe then through through the efi startup file… (But actually i'm really uninformed)

  4. Be careful… some boards LOVE to switch settings on, despite what users tell it to turn off. ASUS is notorious for turning on "Turbo Boost enhancement" like services that increase the turbo boost frequencies of CPUs.

  5. I have found a solution that works for me, just install windows on an external USB 3.0 SSD drive (Windows to Go) and then you don't have to worry about any "cross contamination"

  6. Yeah I’m also thinking its that bios update :/… I wonder is it possibly for grub itself to check and turn off secureboot? So even if windows turns it on, grub shuts it off before loading fedora

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