Installing the VirtualBox Extension Pack on Ubuntu 10.10 x64

There have been quite a few posts related to issues installing the VirtualBox Extension Pack for both Windows and Linux hosts.

The error message given is very cryptic:

"Failed to install the Extension Pack" NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)


In digging through the above posts I found tidbits of the solution that I was able to put together. I'm currently running a Ubuntu 10.10 x64, so here's how I solved the problem and installed the extension pack. Give the VBoxExtPackHelperApp execute permissions and then run the install from the command line.

  1. sudo chmod 744 /usr/lib/virtualbox/VBoxExtPackHelperApp
  2. sudo /usr/lib/virtualbox/VBoxManage extpack install Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.0.4-70112.vbox-extpack