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 ASUS M4N78 (trying built-in SATA) 
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My mainboard is Asus M3N78-EM with visible 6 channels as "unknown controller" s my oem.tgz , connected ch 1 and 2 and work.


Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:08 pm
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Hi Premysl,in

Did you update the ahci driver by any mean, or is it the one included in the ESXi installation CD?

Your BIOS is in AHCI mode right?
I will try this (again) later today.

Thank's

Luís


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Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:57 am
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My bios setting is AHCI mode , esxi box run usb flash drive, winimage method and copy oem.tgz direct to usb


Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:34 am
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Thank you premysl for your great work!

I can finally run ESXi 4.0 on my ZOTAC GF8200-C-E (AM2+) mini-ITX (MCP78 based) with SATA HD (10de:0ad4) and 1G network (10de:0760) fully supported by your oem.tgz

Can you add 10de:0ad0 and compile new driver, because this mode may be useful in some cases.

Paul.


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Hi,

Unfortunatly this solution does not work with M4N78.
With the oem.tgz kindly provided by premysl, I cannot even get the driver loaded.

This is the same result as the ESXi built-in driver :-( (I'm already working with the latest release 4.0.0-171294).

I can only load the sata_nv driver (whatever the bios setting).
The problem is that even with the this driver loaded I cannot see the connected HD.
Anyway, thanks for the update.


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Hi Uspaul,

Could you give your exact setup for ESXi 4 and ZOTAC GF8200-C-E (AM2+) mini-ITX.

I'm trying to set up a mini-ITX based system but I'm trying to decide between the Zotac or Intel DG41MJ.

There seem to be several posting on the Phenom processors having problems with virtualization in general so I'm trying to narrow down what configurations work.

Thanks.


Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:37 pm
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I'm having problems with my ASUS M3N78-EH too. ESXi doesn't like my SATA HD. However after fiddling with my comp here is what I've found:

Code:
bios in sata mode
----------------------

lspci -v:
00:06.00 IDE interface Mass Storage controller: nVidia Corporation NVidia NForce MCP77 IDE/PATA Controller [vmhba0]
      Class 0101: 10de:0759

hwinfo -p (or lspci -p):
00:06.00 10de:0759 1043:82f2 255/    /     @ V pata_amd     vmhba0

/var/log/messages:
pata_amd claimed device 0000:00:06.0
driver pata_amd claimed 1 device
pata_amd loaded successfully.

fdisk -l:
no output


As you can see everything is as it should be except fdisk doesn't show any drives. Neither does ESXi. This may be expected since the controller is in SATA mode. I changed it to AHCI and tried again.

Guess what? Nothing changed. The commands above produce the same outputs.

Shouldn't the controller have a different device ID? If not, how can I force it to load a different module (probably ahci.o)?


Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:49 am
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The device ID should be changing when you change the mode of the controller.

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Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:11 am
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Hmm I decided to read the manual (LOL) and realized that this board has both SATA and PATA ports! 10de:0759 is the PATA one, 10de:0ad0 is the SATA one (in SATA mode).

I'm going to explore further.


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I think in this thread someone came up with an oem.tgz to add support for that device ID.

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