Re: ASUS M3N78-EM (NVIDIA GeForce 8300 chipset) using SATA MCP78
Sorry to hijack this topic. I do not intend to offend anyone, just seems that the previous posts could lead me to a happy end (feel free to (re)move it.)
Just to start, I must say thank you Dave.Mishchenko
(I think is the owner) and all the community
for this huge Knowledge Base about ESXi.
I have been reading this site tips 'n' trick's and forum for some days now, but I'm still struggling with, which I think are some minor issues...
I'm trying to get ESXi 4 installed in a system which is composed for an ASUS M4N78 motherboard and SATA HD.
As far as I know, this mobo shares almost the same chipset (at least SATA i think) of the M3N78-XXX mobo.
My objective is to get ESXi 4 installed from a USB flash drive. I think this is the best way when we need to get hardware working with trial and error. (don't need to burn hundred's of cd's)
I followed the instructions to get an USB bootable ESX installation flash (syslinux + uncompressing the iso to the USB flash (used 7-zip)), which worked flawlessly at the first try.
My first question is: To use any OEM.TGZ already availlable with my USB drive, I just need to put it in the root of it or do I have to change anything to "tell" the installation process to use it?
Second: Booting from the original CD (without any modification), the installer complaints about not having any storage available to continue the installation process (I have 1 SATA 500GB HD). At this point I managed to get the console and run lspci -l. This, returned the following (very simplified):
ide interface Mass Sotrage Controller
NVidia NForce MCP77 IDE/PATA controller [vmhba0]
Class 0101: 10de:0759
SATA Controller Mass Storage
Class 0106: 10de:0ad4
Class 0200: 10de:0760
That SATA Controller Mass Storage changes the last portion when I change SATA mode on bios (SATA, AHCI, RAID).
Once it recognizes Sata Controller Mass Storage but it complaints about the lacking of storage to install the hypervisor, do I realy need an oem.tgz or simple.map or pci.ids?
I know this is a huge question for a topic that even isn't mine. Once more, sorry for that, and thanks for any help.