Compaq ML350 G3 BIOS setting for 64-bit ESX servers
Posted on 2009-12-16
I have an old Compaq ML350 G3 server that I am trying to set it up as a test box for virtual servers. I have SBS 2008 and need to install it, but so far have had no luck. I've installed ESX 3.5 already and that works fine. I go through the new VM wizard and set it up but when I try to boot to the SBS 2008 ISO, it errors out with:
"Attempting to load an x64 operating system, however this CPU is not compatible with x64 mode."
I did some research and some people said to enable a virtual setting in the BIOS or uncheck this paravirtualization box (which is already disabled). My problem is I can't figure out how to access the BIOS on this server. It doesn't flash through any screens where I see something about hitting a key. I came across a reference to the BIOS being installed on a hard drive partition. I would've wiped the hard drive once I installed ESX so it's probably gone. How do I reinstall the BIOS? Is there some easier way for me to get this server to run a 64-bit virtual OS?