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post #1 of 11
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After exchanging the dead motherboard with an intel DQ965GFEKR the boot drive no longer boots. The VT is enabled and it should technically work.
After posing it goes straight to the network boot option (which is last on the list of boolable items).

It should technically work as the drive is detected by the motherboard and detected on a bootable version of ESXi 5.0

Currently the system looks like this:

-Q6600
-6GB (DDR2 800 *one was doa will be 8 soon)
-intel DQ965GFEKR
-ARECA 1280ml
-WD black 1tb (boot)
-WD green 2tb x 3 (raid 5 - on card)

All this is giving me is a headache and I just want it to work so I can start setting up my NAS frown.gif.
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Re install ESXi? Or do you all ready have VMs set up?
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The ESXi and the vms were setup previously before the mobo change. I have tried to upgrade the current ESXi intall where it completed succesfully, but it still will not boot.
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Ok so i figured out it wasn't the drive itself by putting it into my sig rig and it booted properly. Some forum post sugguested that i used achi or raid to boot with but noone of these options have been successful.

If it comes down to it not working at all I don't mind purchasing a new mobo for this platform to run on. (needs vga, pcie, core 2 quad support and will run esxi)

The server needs to be able to run plex, deluge or alternate, vm support, and will use a raid 5 datastore. If you can think of any other option such as windows server 2008 please let me know, Its giving me a headache just trying to get this thing running.
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post #5 of 11
Have you tried forcing the system to boot off the hd? By force, I mean disabling all other boot options.

Edit: never hurts to check that the power/data interface connections are secure as well. I've had some seriously funky boot problems when my sata cables were loose.

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post #6 of 11
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Yes I have and it just returns "No bootable device found"
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post #7 of 11
So the drive is currently detected by the motherboard, as well as when you booted to the ESXi 5.0 installer? If so it sounds to me like your boot options are not set right.

You mentioned a RAID 5 Datastore; is that currently to be in use for this system? If so then don't forget to plug your drives in exactly the same on the new board, and set the RAID config just like it was on your old board.
    
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post #8 of 11
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RAID 5 datastore is controlled by the raid controller, which works fine. The esxi drive is directly plugged into the mobo. I think it is a boot option thing but ive tried everything and nothing seems to work ( achi as sugguested by someone, raid, ide) The truth is the bios is a PoS and is lacking a lot of functions. Is there some type of third party bios out there for this particular motherboard, other wise are you able to suggest a motherboard that is know to work with this and has core 2 quad support as well as onboard graphics. This intel one only cost $40 anyway i don't care if it doesn't work.
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post #9 of 11
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Doesn't even boot from a usb frown.gif. I've searched around and found that it isn't friendly with unix based systems.

I have given up with it. Time to find a new board hehe. Any suggestions for a 775 core 3 quad supported system that works with esxi?
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post #10 of 11
If you can get an Intel reference board that would be great, or supported Intel NB/SB. For your greatest chance of support check out the ESXi compatibility list, and try googling around for if your board supports ESXi.
    
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