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I have a vmware ESX server that stopped responding this morning.  When we rebooted it, it still did not respond to the virtual center server or to pings.  I ILOed into the remote console and see a red screen with Illegal OpCode at the top and a bunch of hex codes.  Does anyone have any idea how to resolve this?  (I can reinstall ESX if that's the only solution, but I have to do it over the wire as the server is 500 miles from me).

The hex codes are :
EAX=00000000     EBX=00007000     ECX=00646165     EDX=00000080
EBP=000004E3     ESI=00007C05     EDI=0000FBF1    
DS=0000      ES=0800       FS=0000     GS=0003
CS:EIP=0000:0000836C        SS:ESP=0000:00001FFE
EFLAGS=00000246
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Question by:ericb76
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by:bleeuwen
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You should contact HP or VMWare with this problem. Probably a hard- or software error
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Check bleeuwen's Second link since one of the posters has said that he has fixed the issue by regenerating MBR

Hey, hope this helps because I just had to register to post this :PI had the same thing occur tonight... which freaked me out a bit.I managed to fix the problem though (this was on a HP Proliant DL385G2).It seems like it arises from the server trying to boot from its HDD -and when it looks to the address where the bootable code should be (i.e.grub/initrd whatevr). And it gets something which isn't bootable - so itreplies 'illegal opcode' and hangs.So I booted into Ubuntu using a 7.04 live CD (taking note to use a64bit one), and from there I used grub to regenerate an appropriateMBR.grub> device (hd0) /dev/cciss/c0d0grub> root(hd0)grub> setup ( hd0,0)Once that was done the server stopped ecountering the 'illegal opcodes'which were the result of it looking at the corrupted MBR/whatever, andseeing something other than a properly configured bootable image.So then instead of getting a red-screen of death, I got the grub menu.Sorry I wrote this the other night and then fell asleep at my deskbefore hitting send.
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