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 Gigabyte GA-EQ45M-S2 
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Has on board NIC and Video.
SATA HDD, 2 gig RAM and IDE CD. Socket 775 E7500 SLB9Z
Set SATA to AHCI, loaded ESXi4 from IDE CD without error

I required to set up PCI pass through, for specialised PCI card.
Requires VT enabled CPU, but spec code above is not. I swapped CPU for E7600, and that registered Virtual Technology in BIOS, but no VT-d.
However with BIOS reflashed to version EQ45MS2.FCf VT-d option is now present, and when enabled, the PCI passthrough can be set up. Yippee
Only thing I cannot make sense of is that the host IDE CD is not available to my VM. If I boot up with a USB CD unit attached, then that can be made available to the VM.

It has taken me two months to sort through this mine field with three motherborads and various CPU, so hopefully this will help someone else.


Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:37 am
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This is for ESX 3.5, but it suggests that the controller for the CD-ROM would have to be in IDE mode to work - http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/micros ... &stateId=0 0 51809199.

What sort of PCI card was it?

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Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:09 pm
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Dave,

That looks like an excellent guide, I'll check it out.

The card is a BBK-PCI Light rev 2.2
http://www.ib-mohnen.de/?page=support

Still not tried the VM with it in anger, a job for later today.


Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:52 pm
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Dave,

I studied the IDE doc, and it looks to me like an IDE drive should be visible.
This board has the ICH10DO Controller by the way.
I now realise that after reflashing the BIOS which was after setting up ESXi4, I haven't reset the SATA mode to AHCI, but as ESXi is running maybe that's correct.
There are a number of BIOS settings that I am unsure how best to set for this issue.

In Standard BIOS
IDE Channel 1 master shows my SATA HDD device.
IDE Channel 4 master shows my IDE CD device.
Each Line above has settings for:
Extended IDE Auto/None (Current ie default shown 1st )
Access Mode Auto/Large

In Integrated Peripherals
SATA/RAID/AHCI Mode Disabled/Raid/AHCI Currently Disabled
SATA Port 0-3 Native Mode Disabled/Enabled

Thanks for any guidance


Wed Dec 02, 2009 2:07 am
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Could you post the output of lspci -p? You'll want the controller in IDE mode, but that might break the ESXi install.

Have you thought about using datastore ISOs instead of the physical device?

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Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:29 am
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By that I think you mean that the ACHI should be enabled in the SATA RAID mode.
If I do this there is no difference to the ESXi or the VM, and the IDE CD is still not available as a host device. VM still works ok.
Boot of host up looks a little different, so its definitely enabled.

I attach a file with a PCI listing from VSphere if that helps.
Finally worked out how to get the info you wanted into the datastore from the TechSupport Mode, so txt file also now attached.

I did use ISO in data store to install my operating system and SP until I managed to get the USB CD to work. To use ISOs is inconvenient for me, so I'd like the hardware to work, if at all possible.


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Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:45 am
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So, the sorry end to this long and drawn out episode is that the PCI passthough with this BBK PCI card does not work well enough to be of use.

The card is present in the OS, and the basic get information type commands work, but with anything more adventurous, then the communications fail.

I cannot conceive how to advance my knowledge to get it to run, or in fact if its actually possible to do so.

Thanks for the trip.


Thu Jan 07, 2010 4:40 am
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@NT4Boy
Thanks a lot for this Whitebox Spec. It helped me to find the right hardware.

Have you discoverd what physical USB Ports are shown in the VMDirectPath? The Board has 12 physical USB Ports but there are only 6 in the configuration page of vSphere Client.
I cannot figure out what ports belong together. Is it possible that the usb ports are not supported?


Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:46 am
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This doesn't help for today, but ESXi 4.1 - due maybe late July / early August will support USB passthrough.

http://virtualization.info/en/news/2010 ... -leak.html
http://www.techexams.net/forums/virtual ... 4-1-a.html

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Confirmed.

PCI passthrough and USB passthrough seem to be working on this board, given the latest BIOS is installed (version FD for me). Also, I'm at rev.2.0 of this board, while there's also a 1.0 and a 2.1.


Sat Oct 30, 2010 11:44 am
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