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 ESXi 4 and ICH8 
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Hello.

I try to install ESXi to P965 Neo-F V2.
First - I added in the ISO image driver for RTL8169 - it's working now.
but next I get this error: "unable to find supported device to write the vmware esxi 4 image to"
ESXi does not seem to see ICH8.
I have found some decision about adding (or patching?) ata_piix driver for ESXi 3.5
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/17 ... p;tstart=0
But seems that is not working for ESXi 4

Who else is experiencing these problems with ICH8?

Sorry for my bad English.


Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:33 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4 and ICH8
well
i have some news.
i was able to install ESXi on my platform but it can't successfully boot:
1. I boot comp from Install CD with integrated LAN driver for RTL8169 and wait for booting..
2. When installation asks me "press F11 to install" I go to Console - Alt-F1


3.
Code:
#lspci -p
............................
00:31.00 8086:2810 1462:7235               V
00:31.02 8086:2820 1462:7235 5/ 5/0x89 B V 
00:31.03 8086:283e 1462:7235 5/   /     C V
00:31.05 8086:2825 1462:7235 5/ 5/0x89 B V
........................
04:02.00 10ec:8167 1462:235c  15/  15/0x69 A V r8169        vmnic0


4.
Code:
~ # find / -name ata_piix.*
/usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/ata_piix.o
 
~ # vmkload_mod /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/ata_piix.o
Module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/ata_piix.o loaded successfully


5.
Code:
#lspci -p
............................
00:31.00 8086:2810 1462:7235               V
00:31.02 8086:2820 1462:7235 5/ 5/0x89 B V ata_piix          vmhba32
00:31.03 8086:283e 1462:7235 5/   /     C V
00:31.05 8086:2825 1462:7235 5/ 5/0x89 B V ata_piix          vmhba34
........................
04:02.00 10ec:8167 1462:235c  15/  15/0x69 A V r8169        vmnic0


after that I press Alt-F2 and press F11 to install ESXi.
Of course, this time installation can saw my HDD and successfully install ESXi on it

After reboot I can see that the system starts to booting.
First monitor shows "Loading VMware Hypervizor", then on gray-orange background I see how different modules are loaded.
But in the end of the progress bar, apparently after loading all the modules, appearing the error "Failed to find boot partition."

I type "unsupported" and go the console again...

Code:
#lspci -p
............................
00:31.00 8086:2810 1462:7235               V
00:31.02 8086:2820 1462:7235 5/ 5/0x89 B V 
00:31.03 8086:283e 1462:7235 5/   /     C V
00:31.05 8086:2825 1462:7235 5/ 5/0x89 B V
........................
04:02.00 10ec:8167 1462:235c  15/  15/0x69 A V r8169        vmnic0


Code:
~ # df -h
Filesystem          Size          Used     Available       Use%   Mounted on
visorfs           220.3M       180.7M          36.6M        82%


and something important
Code:
~ # ping google.com
PING google.com (74.125.53.100): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 74.125.53.100: icmp_seq=0 ttl=46 time=200.302 ms
64 bytes from 74.125.53.100: icmp_seq=1 ttl=46 time=193.214 ms
64 bytes from 74.125.53.100: icmp_seq=2 ttl=46 time=193.931 ms

--- google.com ping statistics ---
3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 193.214/195.816/200.302 ms

this means that the network card is properly defined and the network is working
and this means that the module for it loaded automatically

So, what kind of system on my HDD ? Why it not load "ata_piix" module ?
How a can enable auto loading this module ?
I think that the automatic loading of this module will solve my problem.

Thx.


Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:39 am
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fixed..


Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:45 am
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Glad to hear you have it worked out. Is this a MSI motherboard?

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Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:06 pm
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Yes
MSI P965 Neo-F V2.


Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:07 pm
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