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Today i finally got ESXi installed on my server computer.
after 4 days of frantic searching, trying and failing.

First off i'll post my computer's specs:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M68M-S2P
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (2.2 Ghz)
RAM: 1x2 GB DDR2 667 Mhz (Kingston ValueRAM)
1x1 GB DDR2 667 Mhz (Kingston ValueRAM)

At first ESXi had troubles detecting my Realtek RTL 8211CL network interface.
So i figured out how to modify the oem.tgz file and used the oem.tgz file from this thread:
and tried installing again.

This time ESXi could find my NIC but this time it could not find any harddrives.
I found out that my MCP61 S-ATA controller (10DE:03F6) was not listed in the pci.ids and files in that oem.tgz file
even though they are on the HC list of ESXi

So i used a linux ubuntu live cd to modify the oem.tgz file and add those entries.

ESXi could then find my S-ATA drive but not my IDE drive.
So i searched for the PCI id of my P-ATA controller (10DE:03EC) and it appeared on the HC list.

So i went back to linux and modified the oem.tgz file once more.

ESXi could now see both of my drives.
But this time when i selected a drive to install to, it give me the error message that de image could not be read.

after a quick google search i found out that installing ESXi with a USB external CD/DVD drive might help.
So i went to my brothers house and got his external DVD drive

When i tried i couldnt believe it finally worked!
ESXi is now running stable on my server computer.

I hope my search/ mistakes can help someone else that is have similar problems

File comment: The working S-ATA and P-ATA controllers
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File comment: The working Realtek RTL8211CL NIC
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