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 Install ESXi 4.1 or higher on Dell Optiplex 740 
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Post Install ESXi 4.1 or higher on Dell Optiplex 740
Hi all,

I "inherited" an old Dell Optiplex 740 and wanted to install a private ESXi Testing machine on it. Since I normally work with ESXi 4.1 and 5.x I want to install either of these, but I always get a purple screen of death (Image) while trying to install.
I found this post stating that it could be a BIOS problem, but I tried most of the BIOS versions mentioned there and the PSOD still appears. Installing ESXi 4.0 worked fine, but neither upgrading to 4.1 nor to 5.x work, still PSOD. Can anyone of you help me with this? I'm becoming desperate with this.

Stats of the system are:
AMD Athlon X2 64 4400+
3 GB RAM
70 GB SATA HDD

Thanks in advance
m3adow


Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:03 am
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How have you made out with this?

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Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:20 pm
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Hi Dave,

actually I gave up. A user on reddit gave me the advice trying to install the ESXi 5.1 with the "formatwithmbr"-parameter. This worked even after rebooting and I was quite happy. But as soon as i shut down the PC, it would PSOD the next time I start it again. Same thing with 4.1.

So I just settled with the fact that I won't be able to install a newer version, though I'm dissatisfied with it.

If you got any additional tipps, I'd be happy to try them out.


Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:30 pm
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