<<Mounting and Converting 7z vdi Files Virtual Machine>>

running windows vista: downloaded virtual machine and virtual rails
cannot get virtual rails to mount to virtual machine

after downloading virtual rails i attempted to extract it so i could
convert it to vdi file and this is the result
virtual_rails_1.1(1).7z

i followed the tutorial at http://www.virtualrails.org/node/3 to
create a new virtual machine, but when I start the machine i get the
error:
FATAL; no bootable medium found! system halted

i googled and googled and read tutorials explaining that I have to
mount virtual rails to virtual machine but in order to do that i have
to convert 7z file of virtual rails to vdi file. is this correct?
and if so i dont know how to do that. ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!

after downloading virtual rails i attempted to extract it so i could
convert it to vdi file and this is the result
virtual_rails_1.1(1).7z

What do you mean when you say "attempted to extract it"? Did you
extract it? What did you use? Did you get any messages?
A "7z" file is a 7Zip archive file (www.7-zip.org), so if your file is
still called that, I'd be curious that maybe it didn't extract.
You should have a .vdi file, which is the hard-drive from a VirtualBox machine.

i followed the tutorial at http://www.virtualrails.org/node/3 to
create a new virtual machine, but when I start the machine i get the
error:
FATAL; no bootable medium found! system halted

Yup... still sounds like that hard-drive file isn't correct.

i googled and googled and read tutorials explaining that I have to
mount virtual rails to virtual machine but in order to do that i have
to convert 7z file of virtual rails to vdi file. is this correct?
and if so i dont know how to do that. ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!

Download 7zip, and (assuming you're on Windows) right-click the 7z
file and choose "extract here".

PS I've just looked at the VirtualRails download page
(http://www.virtualrails.org/node/2), and it does say "Extract it with
7zip or a compatible archiver" and links to the 7zip web page...
always worth taking a few seconds to collect your thoughts when you're
having troubles with tutorials like these, and start again from the
start.

I am surprised you’re downloading a virtual machine and you haven’t grown accustom to reading man pages. I hope you use terminal/cmd because all this reading your doing is more harmful to find a quicker answer when you could just read the usage/manpage of any program. Since you have windows, open cmd, type ‘help 7z’ or the other way around, or ‘7z ?’ without quotations and hit enter you’ll see on the first line it says ‘e’ for extract. And then your full file path.

P.S. 10 years later…Oh yeah…windows vista…you must have really loved myspace and never got into HTML because in those days info pages didnt even compare to live websites

Thanks for the information NavyArmyCCU