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 White box specs for Gigabyte GA-EP43T-USB3 
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Hi All

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.


Gigabyte GA-EP43T-USB3


Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz

North Bridge: IntelĀ® P43 Express Chipset
South Bridge: IntelĀ® ICH10


16GB Corsair DDR3 @ 1333


F4 2010-06-08 (newest version at this time)

Network Card:

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


Tue Jan 25, 2011 8:41 pm
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