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Updating Oracle Virtual Box on Ubuntu 16.04

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  • Updating Oracle Virtual Box on Ubuntu 16.04

    I have had issues updating Oracle Virtual Box on Ubuntu 16.04.

    Sometimes its just doing a manual update after the update and other times it's been crashing after running for days.

    IE: many times would run /sbin/vboxconfig after an update and that would fix it until the next update.

    Today I utilize Oracle Windows Virtual Box for running Speaker dot exe for my Homeseer 3 lite and Homeseer 3 Pro.

    1 - check what Virtual Box versions are installed old and new.

    sudo dpkg -l | grep virtualbox

    When I ran it I saw three VB's. 4.X, 5.0, 5.1

    2 - remove each of the above seen VB's.

    sudo dpkg --purge names seen above.

    Do this one package at a time.

    3 - reinstall Oracle Virtual box clicking on the download link on the Oracle Virtual Box download page and having the Ubuntu software package do the install. This is a bit more plug n play than doing it via command line. Noticed here that the first time I ran it it said that there was an update and provided a link to download it and install it. I did this. Afterwards I downloaded the universal extension pack and installed it using the Ubuntu software package installation utility as before.

    Note none of the above deletes the Virtual Boxes you have created. IE: my Homeseer Windows Virtual boxes were not deleted when I did this.
    - Pete

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