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XP installation on ESXi cannot see LSI virtual disk even after using F6 LSI drivers at install on HP proliant G5 hardware

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I am setting up a virtual XP pro machine for domain testing on my ESXi server (DL360 G5)
I have specified LSI controller and  8 GB virtual disk.
on first attempt of setup XP cannot see any drives (expected this)
Found many articles on this including this one:
http://virtrix.blogspot.com/2007/09/vmware-installing-windows-xp-on-esx.html

I have created a flp file as described with the correct LSI XP driver and choose this during the XP install .
I get to see and select the LSI MPT pci driver but stil the XP installation cannot see any hard disks.

i am using XP pro setup with SP3 included
I am using ESXi specifically for HP servers.

I  havent tried using bus logic yet but have read LSI gives better performance.

Any ideas ?   Is the HP ESXi different to standard?  

Regards
Graeme
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by:touch-base
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I have now configured the machine to use BusLogic and downloaded and connected to the relevant scsi driver (as flp file)
This works and my install can now see the disk.

But why does the LSI not work ??

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paulsolov earned 1500 total points
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I've seen this, haven't checked with vmware support.  The link below may not answer the question but shed some light on it

http://virtualfuture.info/2008/07/xp-template-differences-between-esx302-and-esx-35update1/
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Hi Paul
As you say - this link doesn't really answer the question ......  I have observed the same findings as described and I obviously have the later template as my default is Buslogic - 8 Gb disk.

As I said I'm up and running on the buslogic configuration - and the performance is (as I'd expect from the DL360 G5) 'super fast'.

This one may have to remain a mystery for now.
Thanks
Graeme
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by:Leapsecond
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Hello,

Trying to get the LSI driver to work since days, using WinXP32-SP2. Would like to compare both models, i.e. Bus-Logic and LSI by myself.

Using various *flp versions, made from own downloads from LSI web site or downloaded as *.flp, containing the "LSI MPT pci driver", I receive the following error messages:

New installation: "no disk found"
Upgrade of existing installation: "no matching hardware found"

The LSI driver integrated into WinXP64 is working fine instead.

Many Thanks!
Leapsecond
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