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 ASUS M2N68 / nForce 630a / MCP67 
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- Motherboard: ASUS M2N68
- Storage Controller: nForce 630a / MCP67

Notes:
- Onboard NIC is detected & works fine.
- When storage is set to SATA mode, only 1st HDD is detected. Apart from that it works fine. If you only need 1 HDD then you're good to go.
- When storage is set to AHCI mode, ESX(i) doesn't detect any disks.

Workaround (if you require more than 1 disk):
- Modified oem.tgz file, adding PCI device 10de:0554 to simple.map.
- With that change, all HDDs are detected (in AHCI mode).

It's strange, 10de:0554 was already listed in pci.ids, there was just no corresponding entry in simple.map.

Now in AHCI mode all disks are detected.

I have attached the file in case it's of any use to anybody else.

ESXi runs really well on this board. Have a Quad-Core in it with 8GB RAM. Bought it for $74, which is about as cheap as they come here in Aus.


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daedelus82 wrote:
- Motherboard: ASUS M2N68
- Storage Controller: nForce 630a / MCP67

Notes:
- Onboard NIC is detected & works fine.
- When storage is set to SATA mode, only 1st HDD is detected. Apart from that it works fine. If you only need 1 HDD then you're good to go.
- When storage is set to AHCI mode, ESX(i) doesn't detect any disks.

Workaround (if you require more than 1 disk):
- Modified oem.tgz file, adding PCI device 10de:0554 to simple.map.
- With that change, all HDDs are detected (in AHCI mode).

It's strange, 10de:0554 was already listed in pci.ids, there was just no corresponding entry in simple.map.

Now in AHCI mode all disks are detected.

I have attached the file in case it's of any use to anybody else.

ESXi runs really well on this board. Have a Quad-Core in it with 8GB RAM. Bought it for $74, which is about as cheap as they come here in Aus.



chief I have a problem with the NIC not being detected during install of the ESXI 4 .Cannot figute out how to modify the the oem files and install it from the cd and the USB as well.Inspite of goin through the guide.Need some seriours help.ASAP.

Thanx In advance.


Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:12 am
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If you need to boot the install process with an oem.tgz file then you can follow this process.

1) modify the install CD to include the oem.tgz file in the root folder of the CD.
2) also modify the cfg file in the root folder to include a reference to oem.tgz
3) burn the CD and boot it.
4) after the install is done, you'll have to boot with a Live CD and then modify oem.tgz in the Hypervisor1 partition.

If you don't want to modify the CD image, try running the install from a USB flash drive - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/ESXi_USB_install.php. You'll still have to add oem.tgz to get through the install and modify syslinux.cfg to reference the oem.tgz file.

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I cant find my SATA drive with this Cotnroller:
nVidia Corporation MCP67 AHCI Controller

How can i replace the oem.tgz?

Do i have to reinstall ESXi 4 with the new oem.tgz file on the CD (file from the first post here)?

Or can i manually update that file later?

I found that file here:
Code:
~ # find / | grep oem.tgz
/vmfs/volumes/48b67c7a-1267420e-d646-62d9e348a049/oem.tgz


Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:57 am
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To do this

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Workaround (if you require more than 1 disk):
- Modified oem.tgz file, adding PCI device 10de:0554 to simple.map.
- With that change, all HDDs are detected (in AHCI mode).

It's strange, 10de:0554 was already listed in pci.ids, there was just no corresponding entry in simple.map.


take a look here - http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php

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now the SATA AHCI works with that customation. thx.


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SO i have tried this and get nothing but the pink screen of death. What am i doing wrong?

I copy the oem.tgz file to the hypervisor1 partion and it crashes.


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Can you post a screen shot of the error?

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Well here is the deal. I can see one drive in SATA Mode with the MCP67 Chip. I am trying to get it to work under AHCI. What do i have to do? I dont really understand the whole oem.tgz file stuff. I am installing the 4.0 update1. Seem the instructions for 4.0 are not very clear on customizing.

Thanks for all your help!

I have a clean install of 4.0 update 1 right now with an adaptec card. Can i get the MCP67 Sata Working without reinstalling?


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Since you have ESXi running, I wouldn't start with the oem.tgz file first. Extract the driver from the oem.tgz file if one is used and then try to manually load it with vmkload_mod. If it loads Ok and recognizes your hardware then you can worry about create an oem.tgz file.

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