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

By: Published: Feb 6th, 2013 Category: Virtualbox, Virtualization


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



Milind Koyande loves to work on new technologies specially virtualization and troubleshoot server problems. I’m an avid photographer and love to spend my free time close to nature, trying to capture its glory on my camera.

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

  1. Vigil
    on Apr 13th, 2012
    @ 3:06 pm

    Thanks a lot! It worked like a magic :)

  2. Milind
    on Apr 14th, 2012
    @ 6:43 am

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

  3. Tim Newsome
    on May 15th, 2012
    @ 1:10 am

    Thank you!

  4. Milind
    on Jun 5th, 2012
    @ 6:17 am

    You are most welcome

  5. Dhanasekaran
    on Jul 24th, 2012
    @ 11:53 am

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

  6. elhadiry
    on Feb 10th, 2013
    @ 10:54 am

    thanks for this guide, will try this…

  7. Milind Koyande
    on Feb 19th, 2013
    @ 7:18 am

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

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