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I'm trying to install esxi 3.5 u4 on this same dell and only what I got is black screen on the end :(


Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:16 am
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When do you get the blank screen (booting ISO, after install, booting from the new install)?

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Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:14 am
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Heh, this was problem with dell monitor. Now I have this same problem like is described in this topic :(
What I can see in logs indicates that ata_piix driver couldn’t find device :(


Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:31 am
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If you're still have the problem you can use vmkload_mod to load a driver manually to figure out which to use. You can also look at the output of /var/log/messages to see if the driver is reporting any issues.

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Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:45 am
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I will give a try, but according to normal linux installation, ata_piix is a right driver. I tried to use ESX 3.5 and there is this same problem. Installer can see SATA controller, but after successful installation and reboot kernel can't mount root filesystem. So I think that there must be something wrong with this ata_piix in version for esx(i).

And this is from my linux system installed on this server:
Code:
[    0.848988] scsi0 : ata_piix
[    0.849230] scsi1 : ata_piix
[    0.849280] ata1: PATA max UDMA/100 cmd 0x1f0 ctl 0x3f6 bmdma 0xfea0 irq 14
[    0.849285] ata2: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0x170 ctl 0x376 bmdma 0xfea8 irq 15
[    1.020573] ata2.00: ATA-7: Maxtor 6Y160M0, YAR51HW0, max UDMA/133
[    1.020578] ata2.00: 312500000 sectors, multi 8: LBA48
[    1.020819] ata2.01: ATA-7: Maxtor 6Y160M0, YAR51HW0, max UDMA/133
[    1.020823] ata2.01: 312500000 sectors, multi 8: LBA48

[    1.055420] scsi 1:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      Maxtor 6Y160M0   YAR5 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    1.055602] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] 312500000 512-byte logical blocks: (160 GB/149 GiB)
[    1.055763] scsi 1:0:1:0: Direct-Access     ATA      Maxtor 6Y160M0   YAR5 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
[    1.055779] sd 1:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA


So ata_piix is right driver for my controller.
Ehh, I will try it again

According to files simple.map and pci.ids my controller is supported
Code:
simple.map
8086:25a3 0000:0000 ata_piix.o

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Code:
pci.ids
25a3  6300ESB SATA Storage Controller


but I still getting driver ata_piix claimed 0 devices so kernel can see controller but controller can't see devices connected to it.
I think that this is because ata_piix driver from esx have a problem with my controller because it is setup in combined mode, and there is no way to turn it off in BIOS :(


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Any ideas what to do with this ? Maybe ata_piix is too old in esx system ?


Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:29 am
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It may be the case that the driver is too old as they have not typically used the lastest driver when compiling for a release. If you look at /var/log/messages for an ESXi install does the driver report that it found no devices or something else?

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Yes, exactly:
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driver ata_piix claimed 0 devices


Is there any way to add/swap this driver to new one ?


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You could try taking the source used with ESXi 40 and compiling it for 3.5. You can't swap between 40 and 35.

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Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:24 pm
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I know that I can't swap. 4.0 is 64-bit only and I'm playing with 32-bit.


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