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 Foxconn A7DA-S - Working with oem.tgz and PATA disabled 
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Foxconn A7DA-S
Phenom II X4 920 - 2.8Ghz - Socket AM2+
790GX + SB750

ESXi 4.0.0 Build 171294 booting from a USB stick

Onboard NIC is Broadcom BCM5784, which is not in the official HCL though the BCM5784M is.
Had to add "14e4:1698 0000:0000 network tg3.o" to simple.map and "[tab][tab]105b 0e14 NetLink BCM5784" to the appropriate part of pci.ids after which it worked fine.

Running SATA as AHCI
Disabled PATA in the BIOS or else ESXi boot process would lock up. Native FreeBSD didn't see the PATA either, though it was bootable.

Most recent MOBO BIOS as of 20090711.

All hardware I don't need (firewire, serial, floppy, etc) disabled in BIOS. Haven't tried otherwise.

Just got this up a few hours ago and have installed 32bit and 64bit FreeBSD guests, downloaded ports trees, and built ports in both, so far without issue. So far the system seems solid.


Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:39 am
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One more note I hope helps someone. Don't bother with a Phenom. I spent a month looking at motherboards and not researching CPUs thinking anything with AMD-V would work, bought a 9600 and didn't learn about the TLB bug until I first booted ESXi. Then I upgraded to the Phenom II and all is well.


Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:45 am
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