Thank you for posting in Wired Communities. You may want to try the following:
1) Upgrade the board BIOS, please get in touch with Gigabyte your board vendor for the upgrade
2) Please check on this website to visit the Vmware* support for the driver.
3) Try disable the onboard NIC if there is
4) You may also want to check with your board vendor if this network adapter model is compatible with the board, since the issue occurred when you install this network adapter.
thanks for the response here's what i have tried
the board is at the latest firmware as is the 3 other boards i've tried the nic in
the specific reason i got the card is it is the most recommended card for vmware home labs by both vmware and the community due to its rock solid support and stability in ESXi
i tried disabling the onboard nic after you suggested it but it made no difference
and as for checking board compatibility it seems to only have issues inside intel systems i have tried it in 2 amd machines and both work and i have now tried it in 4 1155 boards to no avail with chipsets ranging from x58 to z97
is there a way i can reset and update the firmware of the nic i tried googling but to no avail all i could find was how to set things like iscsi or pxe settings
Thank you for the updates but we do not have firmware for ET Quad port server adapter. Based on what you test, seems to be compatible issue with the boards.