White box specs for Gigabyte GA-EP43T-USB3
I just replaced the failing motherboard in my old desktop and attempted to install ESXi 4.1. It was initially falling over with a vmfs3 failure. I disabled the Realtek NIC and was able to continue with the installer but got a media failure.
So I ordered the Intel NIC mentioned below and booted from a USB flash drive. This was successful for me, and I wrote up my ESXi 4.1 install notes
on my blog.
Thanks for providing a great site and resource. I believe I discovered the vmfs3 linkage to Realtek NICs on this site. I'll be doing some more investigation to see if I can get the mkesxaio script working for me.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
North Bridge: Intel® P43 Express Chipset
South Bridge: Intel® ICH10
16GB Corsair DDR3 @ 1333
F4 2010-06-08 (newest version at this time)
Intel PRO/1000 PT Server Adaptor (PCI-X)
Onboard Realtek NIC is disabled in BIOS
Using motherboard storage and regular SATA drives (Western Digital and Maxtor)
Motherboard and CPU support Intel VT
No VT-D (directed I/O) / AMD IOMMU support