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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Spring, TX
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    No bootable medium found

    Complete virtualization newbie here.

    I’m running an Acer Aspire One NetBook booting Ubuntu 12.4.1LTS 1.5Gib RAM A 32 bit 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU with a 7.5Gb SSD. I added 128Gb SDHD chip for extra storage. No DVD on this Netbook
    I installed VirtualBox and saved several ISOs on the 128Gb SDHD chip.

    All of this is a recently new build. Everything is current.
    Starting out easy, I wanted to build a 95, XP then 7 virtual OS to run one at a time.

    However, when I try to build the virtual OS the progress bar doesn’t move and the system indicates 0% for an hour and a half. Drilling down, I find an error on a terminal screen saying ‘FATAL: No bootable medium found! System Halted.’

    I tested this file by moving the SDHD chip to my desk top and burning a bootable DVD. I do not know what VB is looking for.

    I don’t want to get hung up on any particular ISO, I just want to build a few virtual machines.

    What do I need to do to get this working?

    Please help!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2011

    Re: No bootable medium found

    Your virtual machine needs a virtual hard drive. So you need to create one.


    The image I uploaded shows the "Settings" menu. Click on storage and if you don't have the icon with 3 plates (which is a virtual hard drive) then create one by clicking on the little "+" sign towards the bottom of the window.

    You should also put your .iso into the virtual machine's cd drive. I'm doing that in the attached image- I highlighted the icon with one disc (the virtual cd drive). Again if you don't have one click on the +. Then over on the right side you see the little disc with the arrow: click on that and you can point virtualbox to your iso, wherever it is on your computer.

    If you haven't seen the virtualbox manual, it's incredibly helpful.


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