Guru Meditation: VirtualBox and Commodore 64

Just got this error "Guru Meditation -2701 (VERR_VMM_RING0_ASSERTION)" on my virtualbox-ose 3.2.8 hosting windows 7 on my Ubuntu 10.04.1 machine.

Looking around for the error it turns out that the error text itself is a homage to an old Amiga system error which reminded me of the book “On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore” I’ve read last year.

I’ve taken all my first steps in the computing world (except maybe using a modem and a BBS) as a teenager on my Commodore 64 which included: gaming, basic programming, assembler programming ,machine language programming and very first steps in digital music composing.

Reading the Narrative that brought together this marvelous magical machine that thought me so much of what I know and like today was absolutely facilitating and beyond, having learned what random marketing and social interaction influenced choice and shaped the technology world as we know it today was mind opening as well as telling that history is not only shaped by inventors and geniuses but also to a varied degree by petty rivalries and personal grudges.

At point it seems that the narrative is slightly biased towards the engineers perspective of things but I’ll be the last to complain about that, between the competing narratives I would much rather hear the engineers and the designers side.

I found the book to be a real page turner and informative at the same time as the engineering drama unfolds.

Incidentally after I’ve hit the said Guro Meditation bug trying to start VirtualBox again by issuing:

vboxheadless -startvm windows7

Resulted with the following error in the VirtualBox log (if you’re looking for it note that it is not created by default under /var/log but rather in the running user home directory)

PDM: Failed to construct 'e1000'/0! VERR_SUPDRV_INTERFACE_NOT_SUPPORTED (-3701) - The component factories do not support the requested interface.

This was cured by reloading the drivers as follows:

sudo modprobe -r vboxnetflt
sudo modprobe -r vboxnetadp
sudo modprobe -r vboxdrv
sudo modprobe vboxdrv
sudo modprobe vboxnetadp
sudo modprobe vboxnetflt

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