Since there is a BIOS update for DQ77MK to resolved ESXI ACPI hang boot issue with UEFI settings. Is there any possibility to have the same BIOS fix for DQ67SW ?
I have the same problem with ESXI 5.5 freezing in ACPI initialization, and it works only UEFI is disabled, but this does not allow me to boot from USB key. Please Intel, can your elite engineer come out with some magic to fix the BIOS so that ESXI 5.5 will not complain about the ACPI loading ?
Your help is very much appreciated.
Thank you for raising this to your development team, this is really great. May I request the motherboard that you are referring should also include DQ67SW. I only realised now the topic of this motherboard is DQ67OW. It seems like ever since ESXi 5.5 latest version has been released, a few Intel vPro DQ series motherboard is failing with similar issues.
Again, do help me to send DQ67SW request to your elite development team to look at the issue.
Thank you very much for your kind understanding
I've been looking at this for some time and basically was able to put together a workaround:
-Switch off UEFI boot and VT-d
-Install ESXi 5.5U2 to a USB stick (You might have to actually press F10 to boot - just choose the stick without UEFI prefixed)
-Download the latest patches from https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/patch#search
-Save them to a datastore
-Use whatever patching method and install ESXi550-201410001
-Reboot to BIOS
-Turn on VT-d and reboot
-Again you might have to press F10 to pick the USB stick
This will allow 5.5U2 with VT-d passthrough to function correctly. I have not tested UEFI as yet but at least without it, there is still a chance to make this board work.
Of note: I used this with the Intel AMT KVM in action and not using any fancy keyboard or monitor (Never physically touched the box)
I tried to follow your instructions but no matter what I did I could not get this installed. How are you installing this? Are you connecting your USB stick to a rear port? I get stuck at either ACPI or USB initialization.
I've given up on Intel fixing this problem, It's been over a year and no go so I'm going to order a Supermicro board. I have several friends that have had ESXi fixes pushed out for motherboards that are over 3 years older then this one! Now that is customer service, I'll avoid Intel MB's going forward if this is what we can expect.
I am using Intel S2600CW2 with the BIOS Version SE5C610.86B.01.01.0005.101720141054, 32GB RAM, 120GB SSD as AHCI. While trying to install ESX5.x during yellow screen the server automatically reboots after initializing ACPI.
Can someone help me on this, I need to complete this ESX installation today.
I even tried the creating a USB using MBR but still the same issue. I have diabled UEFI & VT-D.
My issue got fixed:
Goutam: Hello. Thank you for using the Intel Customer Chat Support service. We are glad to be of service. How may I help you?
Ramachandran: Hello Goutam
Goutam: Hello Ramachandran, Good morning.
Ramachandran: what is the ststus of my existing ticket?
Goutam: Kindly stay online for 2 -3 minutes while I check the required information for you.
Goutam: Thank you for staying online, I appreciate your patience.
Goutam: Mr.Chandran, from the previous chat interaction, I understood that you were not able to install VMWare ESXi server 5.5 on S2600CW board, am I correct?
Goutam: Mr.Chandran, are we connected?
Goutam: Okay. Are you at the front of the server right now?
Goutam: If Yes, could you restart / start the server and boot into BIOS?
Ramachandran: give me a min
Ramachandran: yes tell me
Ramachandran: ok i am rebooting the server
Ramachandran: what configuration do you want me to change in the BIOS
Goutam: In BIOS, you need to disable MMIO above 4B feature. i.e., BIOS > Advance > PCI configuration> MMIO above 4GB > disable.
Goutam: May I know how many hard drives have you connected? May I know the hard drive capacity and maker?
Ramachandran: i have connected only 1 SSD
Ramachandran: Samsung 120 GB
Ramachandran: i have disable the MMIO option
Goutam: May I know in which port did you connect hard drive?
Ramachandran: sata port 4
Goutam: Okay, Once disabling MMIO feature, press F10 to save and exit.
Goutam: Could you connect SSD drive on AHCI port?
Goutam: AHCI are white color SATA ports.
Ramachandran: which port number?
Ramachandran: are you aware on what motherboard i am using
Goutam: Mr. Chandran, you have connected on correct SATA 4 port.
Ramachandran: Call me Ram
Goutam: Have you configured any RAID?
Ramachandran: i have chosen AHCI
Goutam: My apologies.
Ramachandran: no prob
Goutam: Once you disable the feature in BIOS, you can insert VMWare ESXi server 5.5 installation disk install OS.
Ramachandran: i have booted the cd
Ramachandran: yes its working
Ramachandran: let the installation complete
Goutam: Please update me the progress. I will be on online.
Ramachandran: scanning available drivers
Goutam: Sounds great.
Ramachandran: Thanks alot Goutam
Goutam: It was my pleasure assisting you Ram.
Ramachandran: you a my life saver
Goutam: You are most welcome, it was a pleasure assisting you.
Goutam: Is there anything else I can assist you with?
Ramachandran: no thank you...
Ramachandran: can you wait a little more time
Goutam: You can continue to use the same reference number, if you any queries.
Goutam: Sure. I will stay connected.