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 GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 Booting from USB flash drive 
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MB - GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2
CPU AMD|A64 X2 4400+ 2.3G AM2 65N
MEM 2Gx2|CORS TWIN2X4096-6400C5 R (had to underclock to 667Mhz bad??)
NIC INTEL|PWLA8391GTBLK GIGABIT 1PC (e1000)
Onboard SATA, Ethernet are not recognized but I expected that.
I tried a brand new PROMISE SATA300 TX4 RT which PSOD on install
and also later when booting from USB flash drive so I removed it.

I setup another "beige box" as nfs server and it likes that so I'm able to create VMs - Yeah!


Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:41 pm
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Post Re: GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 Booting from USB flash drive
i have setup a similar whitebox from this motherboard, basically i wanted to see if its possible to build a very cheap esxi 4 whitebox.this whole setup(minus the hdd) would not cost more than 200$.

my specs as below

GA-MA74GM-S2
Amd Sempron 140 proc
2GB kinsgton memory
160 gb wd sata hdd
1 tb Hitachi sata hdd
1x intel pro gt gig card

have not tried raid or other stuff

using vsphere client to connect to this box,
installed esxi through an external usb drive.

this is a very budget setup, and is good for people who just want to get started with esxi.


Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:59 am
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