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 ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745 
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Post ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
I have tried to install ESXi 4.1 Update 1 on my Optiplex 745, and it stops at 15%. It complains about being unable to write to the hard drive. I have tried multiple hard drives, tried legacy mode & normal mode, but no luck.

Is there something I am missing?

Thanks.


Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:33 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
I've moved your post to Install Problems forum.

What's the specific error that you get?

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Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:35 pm
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
There is no error code or anything specific. It just says that it can't write to the disk anymore.

It happens with multiple drives that I have tried.


Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:14 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
What sort of storage controller does the system have?

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Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:21 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
It is the built-in SATA controller.


Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:49 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
Was there an existing install of anything and if so could you wipe the disk first? What's the specific model of controller?

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Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:20 pm
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
The drive is a brand new drive. I am trying to determine the exact model of the controller. Any ideas on how to figure that out?


Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:30 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/find_PCI_ID.php

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Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:44 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
lspci -v shows the following:

IDE interface Mass Storage Controller: Intel Corporation
8086:2820

and a second instance of 8086:2825

I checked the list and both are on it.

Now what?


Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:02 am
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Post Re: ESXi 4.1 Update 1 stops at 15% on Dell Optiplex 745
A few things -
- are you running the latest BIOS?
- have you checked the md5sum from your ISO download?
- have you tried ESXi 4.0 (you can later upgrade to 4.1).

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