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 GA-890FXA-UD5 issues 
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Have you had a chance to passthrough a device into a VM?

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Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:44 pm
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Dave, going to try that as soon as I figure out serious disk performance issues... it appears that on my LSI RAID card on which I've created a raid1 array out of the 2x 500GB disks ... I am getting soooo bad perf... its about 2MB/s write within a virtual machine vmfs ... that just can not be right... updates to follow.


Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:44 am
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Dave,

so regarding my new Asus Crosshair Formula IV board I was able to passthrough one of the NIC ports from my quad ethernet pci-e card onto a Windows XP 32bit guest... see http://img.skitch.com/20101027-c4hp39qtkt8hiy1ppsxrupapmd.jpg

On the other hand I am experiencing very poor disk performance 2MB/s on my data store... could you from experience what the speeds are on SATA disks on customer grade hardware for that matter?

My setup is this

2x 500GB WD Blue -> LSI RAID 1 -> datastore -> windows xp guest

Thanks


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It seems a bit too slow. ESXi doesn't cache write operations so controllers with no battery backed write cache will be slower, but not that slow.

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Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:39 pm
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Gigabyte just released F6 BIOS for this motherboard!

BTW, How did you guys managed to install ESXi 4.0+ on to this motherboard? CD? USB?
I tried a lot of different combinations and it seems that no matter what I used I keep getting the same error message. As it boots up I get "Loading Operating System..." then "Boot Error".
People mentioned you have to change the Partition 1 to 4 with fdisk. How is this possible?


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I managed to install ESXi v4.1 on my brand new Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5
What I have:
- ESX 4.1
- GB 890FXA-UD5 rev. 2.1
- Bios F6
- All from bios is on default. Power option C1 is enabled. IOMMU is enabled. The both NW adapters are enabled.
- The network adapter is Realtek 8111 /thanks to Frutis from this post viewtopic.php?p=7412#p7412/
- HDD mode is SATA - RAID

I did a combination from the attached oem.tgz files posted in the forum and I created my oem.tgz which definitely works with this motherboard. The file is created under Ubuntu. You can use it directly.

Then I have used the method for customizing ESXi described here:
viewtopic.php?f=12&;t=4

Voila my NW adapter get IP and errors during the installation are gone.


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File comment: GB 890FXA-UD5 rev. 2.1 Realtek 8111 NW adapter driver
oem.tgz [166.75 KiB]
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Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:59 am
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Let me share the latest experience with this board:
- CPU Power C1 option has to be disabled to pass the ESXi 4.1 installation
- driver from my previous post working fine for my NW adapter which is RTL 811B / 8169B
- IOMMU for passthrough working only with unofficial bios F4a .


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File comment: Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 F4a bios
IOMMU support for ESXi 4.1 - tested and working.

Gigabyte-IOMMU-890FXA-UD5-F4a-bios.rar [1.19 MiB]
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Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:33 am
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Here you can see the passthrough options with F4a bios installed. The bios working pretty fine. My MB is rev. 2.1 .
Be aware that you can assign hardware resource directly only to one working virtual machine. I mean you can assign it to many, but when two are started in parallel you will have message that the resource is already in using.


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Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:37 am
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Which of the devices have you tested successfully with VMDirectPath?

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Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:41 am
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At conclusion I can say:
- The MB is good for the price. You should buy it.
- AMI bios is hard for flashing - doesn't have option to select the update file via bios menu
- Doesn't have WOL /wake on Lan/ option available - very big gap for me
- Doesn't have power on option "The last state" . But it has option to power on when the electricity is available.

I am not sure if I can enable audio device in ESXi 4.1 . If yes does somebody have experience with this? I suppose I will need to inject and this driver in the esx iso.


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