Cannot boot ESXi 6.5 host from USB because Fatal error: 33 (Inconsistent data) xorg.v00?

Cannot boot ESXi 6.5 host from USB because Fatal error: 33 (Inconsistent data) xorg.v00?

I properly powered down my host but it didn't come back up. I get the error described above. I know its silly i but i didn't have a copy of the running config or a copy of the image of the USB.

I have two stumbling blocks;
  1. when i followed the instructions described in https://goo.gl/UgMCF7 by Andrew Hancock, i got stuck at step 1. The USB couldn't be backed up 'couldn't read media message.' Not be out done by this message, I skipped to step 2 and followed it all the way to checksum.
  2. The checksum is different between the corrupt and the one i recreated from different machine but with the same esxi install file. This is probably because i have updated the host since i last installed it.


  • Do i need to recreate the install from the same machine in order to have the same checksum?
  • What would happen if i replaced the file with a working xorg.v00, with a different checksum?
  • If i did a new fresh install from a different USB, will i be able to recover the Data in my datastore using the same config. I mostly care about the data thats in the datastore.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Richard KinyuaAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you re-install from scratch, it will detect an xiting VMFS partition, where your VMs are stored,,, select NO to not overwrite!

and then you can just add VMs back to Inventory.

if you look through your ESXi installation, there is a single file which has most of the config, which is esx.conf
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to replace the corrupted file in this case - xorg.v00 from the same version of ESXi.

but there also may be other corrupted files you need to replace.

Sometimes its quicker to re-install from scratch and use new install media
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Richard KinyuaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for responding Andrew. Great article  https://goo.gl/UgMCF7

Ok. I will try and find the same version of ESXi. If I don't get it I might have to reinstall it from scratch as you suggested.
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Richard KinyuaAuthor Commented:
Hi,
I ended up reinstalling and adding VM's back to inventory as you suggested. Everything is almost back to normal.

Thanks again Andrew.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's what I posted! Please accept my solution!
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Richard KinyuaAuthor Commented:
Hi,
I ended up reinstalling and adding VM's back to inventory as you suggested. Everything is almost back to normal.

Thanks again Andrew.
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Richard KinyuaAuthor Commented:
Sorry Andrew, I inadvertently clicked on my own post. Thanks again
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
np
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