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Author:  eec [ Thu May 12, 2011 3:19 pm ]
Post subject:  GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3

Installed ESXi 4.1 update 1 with little problem - on a retired gaming build.

AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Brisbane 2.1GHz AM2 45W Dual-Core
Kingston KVR800D2K2/2GR Memory 2GB (ordered more memory)
on-board vga
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS 320GB 7200 RPM

Only problem is the ESXi installer did not like the on-board NVIDIA ethernet adapter. So I purchased an Intel Pro/1000-MT PCI on Ebay for $7.50 including shipping

Everything installed without a problem. Running multiple VM including Win2003 and Linux appliances. Got to love vSphere Client managing all the vm's.

The best part is the server only uses 50-60 watts during most of the day replacing four devices which were burning 60 to 90 watts each.

Author:  gnealhou [ Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3

Similar setup:

VMWare 4.1 ESX
Gigabyte GA-M61P-S3
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core
on-board VGA
on-board network
on-board SATA


Customizing the ISO fixes the 'no valid network device' error, and re-ordering the USB partitions fixes the 'panic: cannot get disk parameters' error.

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