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I'm trying to get ESX 4 running on my new system. I've got the installer booting from a flash drive, and it's able to see the nVidia NIC, and from what I've read, they should support the SATA controller as well. I've tried the controller in SATA mode (i guess IDE compatibility mode) and AHCI mode, but no dice. Does anyone here, that wouldn't mind helping me out, have any experience modifying ESX install media to add PCI IDs?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Note- Not ESXi. I do have a legal license, this is for work. We want to use this system as a development/testing/lab machine.

EDIT- Actually, I've been told ESXi would work as well. Would using the shell script to modify OEM.TGZ, pci, and simple files be all I need to do to get ESXi 4 running with that SATA controller?


Wed Jun 10, 2009 6:58 am
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Looks like you might have the same issue as here - viewtopic.php?f=17&t=311.

ESXi and ESX use the same drivers so if you fix it for one you pretty much fix it for the other, the exception being (and I haven't verified this for ESX 4.) that you can create VMFS on a ESXi host that is using an IDE driver for a SATA controller.

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Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:38 pm
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I just finished installing ESXi to a 8GB USB flash drive I mounted inside the case. I'm gonna work on modifying the pci and simple files to see if i can get the SATA recognized.


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I would just worry about simple.map to start. ESXi only uses pci.ids to give a friendly name to the device in the console or VI client. Also rather than create an oem.tgz file you can do this

chmod +t simple.map
then edit the file
then shutdown or reboot.

Using chmod to set the sticky bit will get the file backed up into the system backup file (state.tgz in /bootbank). It's a bit faster then creating an oem.tgz file each time you want to try something.


Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:46 pm
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Hi Dave,

Thank's for the tip.
Sorry for the ignorance, but is this suitable when booting from a USB disk to install ESXi 4? (this is the only way I think it'll work as the CD isn't writable after burned)

When should I run that command sequence? After booting from USB, changing to /etc/vmware or when preparing it (USB).


Thanks

Luis


Wed Jun 10, 2009 3:41 pm
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It doesn't seem to want to see the SATA controller... has anyone got this chipset working?

here's the output of lspci

Code:
~ # lspci -p
Bus:Sl.F Vend:Dvid Subv:Subd ISA/irq/Vec P M Module       Name
                             Spawned bus
00:00.00 10de:0754 1043:82e2               V
00:01.00 10de:075c 1043:82e2               V
00:01.01 10de:0752 1043:82e2 10/   /     A V
00:01.02 10de:0751 1043:82e2               V
00:01.03 10de:0753 1043:82e2  7/  7/0x61 B V
00:01.04 10de:0568 1043:82e2               V
00:02.00 10de:077b 1043:82e2 15/ 15/0x61 A V usb-ohci
00:02.01 10de:077c 1043:82e2 11/ 11/0x61 B V ehci-hcd
00:04.00 10de:077d 1043:82e2 10/ 10/0x61 A V usb-ohci
00:04.01 10de:077e 1043:82e2 14/ 14/0x61 B V ehci-hcd
00:08.00 10de:075a 0000:0000               V
                                 001
00:09.00 10de:0ad4 1043:82e2  5/  5/0x61 A V              vmhba0
00:10.00 10de:0760 1043:82e2 11/ 11/0x61 A V forcedeth    vmnic0
00:11.00 10de:0569 0000:0000               V
                                 002
00:16.00 10de:0778 0000:0000 10/ 10/0x69 A V
                                 003
00:19.00 10de:077a 0000:0000 11/ 11/0x69 A V
                                 004
00:20.00 10de:077a 0000:0000 15/ 15/0x69 A V
                                 005
00:24.00 1022:1200 0000:0000               V
00:24.01 1022:1201 0000:0000               V
00:24.02 1022:1202 0000:0000               V
00:24.03 1022:1203 0000:0000               V
00:24.04 1022:1204 0000:0000               V
01:05.00 10ec:8169 1385:311a 15/ 15/0x69 A V
01:06.00 10ec:8139 13e0:0001 14/ 14/0x69 A V
02:00.00 10de:0848 1043:82e2 14/ 14/0x61 A V


Code:
~ # lspci -v
00:00.00 RAM memory Memory controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0500: 10de:0754

00:01.00 ISA bridge Bridge: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0601: 10de:075c

00:01.01 SMBus Serial bus controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0c05: 10de:0752

00:01.02 RAM memory Memory controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0500: 10de:0751

00:01.03 Co-processor Processor: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0b40: 10de:0753

00:01.04 RAM memory Memory controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0500: 10de:0568

00:02.00 USB Controller Serial bus controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0c03: 10de:077b

00:02.01 USB Controller Serial bus controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0c03: 10de:077c

00:04.00 USB Controller Serial bus controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0c03: 10de:077d

00:04.01 USB Controller Serial bus controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0c03: 10de:077e

00:08.00 PCI bridge Bridge: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0604: 10de:075a

00:09.00 SATA controller Mass storage controller: nVidia Corporation [vmhba0]
         Class 0106: 10de:0ad4

00:10.00 Ethernet controller Network controller: nVidia Corporation nVidia NForce Network Controller [vmnic0]
         Class 0200: 10de:0760

00:11.00 PCI bridge Bridge: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0604: 10de:0569

00:16.00 PCI bridge Bridge: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0604: 10de:0778

00:19.00 PCI bridge Bridge: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0604: 10de:077a

00:20.00 PCI bridge Bridge: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0604: 10de:077a

00:24.00 Host bridge Bridge: AMD Inc Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configur
         Class 0600: 1022:1200

00:24.01 Host bridge Bridge: AMD Inc Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
         Class 0600: 1022:1201

00:24.02 Host bridge Bridge: AMD Inc Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
         Class 0600: 1022:1202

00:24.03 Host bridge Bridge: AMD Inc Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
         Class 0600: 1022:1203

00:24.04 Host bridge Bridge: AMD Inc Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
         Class 0600: 1022:1204

01:05.00 Ethernet controller Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8169
         Class 0200: 10ec:8169

01:06.00 Ethernet controller Network controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
         Class 0200: 10ec:8139

02:00.00 VGA compatible controller Display controller: nVidia Corporation
         Class 0300: 10de:0848




Please, any suggestions are welcome!


Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:05 pm
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Which driver have you specified for this and what mode is the controller in?


Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:46 pm
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this output is using the sata_nv.o and the bios is set to AHCI mode

when it's set to SATA mode, the device id changes from 0ad4 to 0ad0. I haven't tried anything with it in SATA mode, as that kills 2 of the sata ports according to the motherboard manual


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I've decided to abandon this hardware. I've swapped it for the motherboard and proc from my desktop, an ASUS m2n32 SLI deluxe with an Athlon 64 X2. Both ESXi and ESX are able to install on this hardware with out an issue, both detect both onboard NICs and the SATA and IDE controllers.

Perhaps in the next release VMWare will add support for the newer nVidia chipsets.


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I could make it run with ESXi 4.0 including nVidia network controller in this board with an AMD XIII 2.9 Ghz. Storage controller in AHCI mode. If anyone needs I could upload oem.tgz.


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