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How To Install Ubuntu on VirtualBox.

There is a strong possibility that some of you out there will have tried to set up Ubuntu in VirtualBox and got the following error when starting it:

FATAL: No bootable medium found!

When you see this I bet you are scratching your heads and wondering, “How do I install Ubuntu on VirtualBox?” Or “How do I get Ubuntu on VirtualBox…. Help!” No doubt you’ve done numerous Google searches for “how to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox” or something similar… So I thought I’d be helpful! I have created easy to follow ‘how to’ guide on installing Ubuntu on VirtualBox.

Please note that you can click on any of the images in this tutorial and they will increase in size making it easier for you to see!

How to install Ubuntu on VirtualBox

1) Firstly download the Ubuntu image file from Ubuntu’s website. Click here to go to Ubuntu’s download page.

2) Choose the version you want and click on download.

3) Once it has downloaded you will then have an ISO file similar to that of the image below:

Ubuntu ISO Image

4) You now need to open VirtualBox, click on the Ubuntu virtual machine and then press settings. You will then be presented with another window, click on storage down the left hand side. See below (click image for larger view).

4 - Selecting the virtual machine and accessing settings.

5) Now you need to click on the CD that is named ‘Empty’ (Under IDE Controller) and then move to the right hand side of the window and click on the drop down menu next to ‘Slot’, and select Primary Master. Now click the folder search button (looks like a small folder with a green arrow pointing upwards on), then click Add at the top of the next window that appears and find your Ubuntu ISO image (the one you downloaded from Ubuntu) and click open on it and then select in the window. See steps in images below:

5a) Select empty, IDE Primary Master and then click the browse files button.


5b) Click add

5b - Click add

5c) Now find ISO and click on Select

5c - Find ISO and click select

5d) Make sure the Ubuntu image is selected and press select

5d - Select ISO and press select.

5e) Now click ok

5e - Click ok

6) Now click on the virtual machine and click Start

6 - Select virtual machine and click run

7) The ‘Live CD’ (Live CD allows you to experience Ubuntu without actually installing it) will now load. It may throw errors around such as BIOS needs updating etc, however, give it 30 seconds and it will continue to load. If you want to install Ubuntu you need to click on Install Ubuntu once it has loaded. You will then need to go through Ubuntu’s own installation instructions.

7 - select 'install Ubuntu'

8 – Once that Ubuntu has installed it will ask you to restart and then remove the installation media (Ubuntu ISO image) – see below:

8 - Click restart

8b - Asked to remove installation media

9) To remove the installation media go to ‘Devices’ at the top of the window then selected ‘CD/DVD Devices’ then click on “Unmount CD/DVD Images”. This will prevent it loading up in Live CD mode again and instead will ensure that your new Ubuntu installation loads up instead. Once you’ve done this press enter inside the virtual environment.

9reva - Unmount the CD Image

10) Now your brand new Ubuntu installation will load up.

You will find that the display resolution will be extremely small… To get around this guest additions need installing. Another post will be coming within the next few days on how to do this!

Please note that is simply something that worked for me and I cannot be held responsible for any problems that occur whilst using my method.

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