Re: GA-MA78GM-US2H With working r8168 driver
Okay I got it to work and yes, Jens' OEM.tgz works without modification on Update 4.
The steps I took were as follows (please read through them as a couple of the steps are false starts, for those trying this at home):
1) Downloaded Update 4 and burned to bootable CD using Roxio on Windows
2) Booted off the CD and saw the message saying "Unable to find a supported device to write VMWare ESX Server 3i version 3.5.0 image to"
3) Copied files on the bootable CD to Fedora 10 Linux instance
4) Deleted original OEM.tgz and replaced it with Jens' modified copy
5) Executed: mkisfofs -l -J -R -r -T -o /tmp/esx3-custom.iso -b isolinux.bin -c boot.catalog -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table iso
6) Copied the newly created ISO back to Windows and burned CD#2 with Roxio.
7) Booted CD#2, got past the "cannot find drive" message, loaded ESX to my SATA drive, removed CD#2, rebooted, got really excited, and then got a kernel panic message saying it couldn't find the disk
8) Went back to my Linux instance and followed the instructions here http://www.grid.org/blog/cameron/updating-vmware-esxi-disk-dump-file
to get Jens' oem.tgz into the dd image that gets written to the SATA drive during the install. Step 4 is necessary but that only gets you as far as installing ESX on the SATA drive. You need this step too.
9) Re-executed the command in step 5 to create CD#3
10) Booted CD#3, installed, removed CD#3, rebooted and now its working.
So, for those trying this for the first time you can skip steps 5, 6 and 7 to get this working. If you are grumbling about having to use Linux, I tried Windows first but could not create a bootable CD using ISO Recorder 3.1 on Vista. It would create an ISO but after burning with Roxio it wouldn't boot.