VMware ESXi 5.1 on ASRock ION 330

VMware ESXi 5.1 has recently been released. Since the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset is not officially supported one has to create a custom installer to install / upgrade ESXi 5.1 on the ASRock ION 330 system. Using ESXi Customizer it will only take a few minutes to customize the official installer. To support AHCI you can use sata-ahci-mcp79-5.1.0-1.x86_64.vib which contains the ahci driver and the PCI device IDs for the MCP79 chipset.

• Make sure to change the SATA Mode to AHCI in the BIOS.
• ESXi 5.x requires at least 2GB of memory. For the ASRock ION 330 system this means that reducing the amount of shared video memory does not help anymore. Instead you will have to upgrade the memory to > 2GB.

Tags: NVIDIA MCP79, ASRock ION 330, VMware ESXi 5.x, P5N7A-VM

Cyrill (Oct 18, 2012)


Per injection you provided VIB into ESXi5.1 iso, no storage device is found during a step of installation. Besides, I am not sure whether is AHCI mode, since I can not find any option about AHCI settting in BIOS.

Thursday 18 October 2012 - 03:51 von Ken (Guest)

@Ken: I replied by sending an email but did not hear anything back. If you still need help you can also contact me here (valid email required) and I will reply when I have time.

Monday 22 October 2012 - 20:42 von bcyrill

Sorry that your email may be filtered as spam or be missed, I have replied you thru email today.

Tuesday 23 October 2012 - 10:58 von Ken (Guest)

Got ESXi 5.1 loaded on my Zotac / Atom / Ion without issue. Thanks!

Friday 13 December 2013 - 00:17 von Spiffster (Guest)


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