Linux-headers issues

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Linux-headers issues

Postby Lost_in_Debian » 2018-03-14 13:29

Hi everyone, i'm nearly new with Debian, and i come here because after 2 days of research i don't know what to do anymore. I suppose i'm in the good section of this forum. So here 's my problem :

I have on dual boot Windows 10 and Debian 9.4.

I try to install Virtualbox on Debian 9.4 because i need it to use Vagrant.

When i tried to use it, they said it needs linux-headers.

After i installed it everything works, but when i want to restart my computer screen freezes after a moment, and i can't go on debian anymore.

I tried to install different versions of Virtualbox, (like 5.2 or 5.1 with extensions pack) and another vm but it seems linux-headers is mandatory to use a vm.

Every time i have to purge linux-headers and install another kernel if i want to boot again. Reinstalling the kernel don't work.

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 sudo apt install --reinstall linux-image-4.9.0-6-amd64
(for example).

Here's a list of kernel i tried :

-linux-image-amd64 (to got the latest version)

And here's some examples of what i did (in recovery mode) :

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sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install --reinstall build-essential dkms
/sbin/shutdown -r now

then :

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sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-headers-amd64
sudo update-initramfs -u
sudo update-grub
/sbin/shutdown -r now

It's only when i install linux-headers for my current version (of kernel) that debian can't boot. I can install VirtualBox (even if it doesn't work after), or Vagrant.

My sources.list

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# FR
deb stretch main contrib non-free
# deb-src stretch main contrib non-free

deb stretch/updates main contrib non-free
# deb-src stretch/updates main contrib non-free

# stretch-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
deb stretch-updates main contrib non-free
# deb-src stretch-updates main contrib non-free

# Debian stretch depot principal

deb stretch main contrib non-free
# deb-src stretch main contrib non-free

#Autres sources

deb stretch-pgdg main
deb http:// stretch-cran34/
deb stretch main
# deb-src stretch main

deb stretch contrib
deb stretch contrib
# deb-src stretch contrib

(And i'm sorry for my english, used to read but not write :) )
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Re: Linux-headers issues

Postby milomak » 2018-03-23 20:46

so yu say it freezes?

does that mean the screen stays showing the last view?

it goes blank and you have to wait?

if you move the mouse it stays in the same position?

and if you remove virtualbox and linux-headers your computer reboots without any of these problems?
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Re: Linux-headers issues

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-03-23 20:59

I won't support VirtualBox but the best way to get the correct headers is
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# apt install module-assistant
# m-a prepare

And you need the kernel metapackage, running an outdated kernel is not a good idea.
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