Virtualbox, Virtualization

VirtualBox PXE BOOT: “FATAL: Could not read from the boot medium! System halted.”


I have been configuring PXE Server to boot the servers and install operating system on internet. To test the configured server I have used Oracle Virtual Box (with network bridge with local system).

PXE boot and Virtual box was setup properly but when I tried to boot the Virtual Machine on Network it gave error “FATAL: Could not read from the boot medium! System halted.” on the console.

The VM was not even able to connect the DHCP server configured on PXE server as in such configuration Guest System try to fetch IP from DHCP servers. After doing lot of research I found a bug report (id: 6330) on virtual box site. So I changed the Network >> Adapter Type from “Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop” to “PCnet-FAST III” from VM Settings.

Changed from :


After that I was able to boot the VM on Network



  1. Vigil

    Thanks a lot! It worked like a magic :)

  2. Milind

    You are most welcome and I am glad it worked :)

  3. Tim Newsome

    Thank you!

  4. You are most welcome

  5. Thanks man, super work, you are simpilify my job…. great..

  6. thanks for this guide, will try this…

  7. You are most welcome and let me know if it helps :)

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