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  • 1.  Failed to load LVMDRIVER

    Posted Jul 14, 2009 06:16 AM

    I have a basic AMD X2 4600+ setup, when I try to install ESXi 4 it gets so far then reports

    Failed to load lvmdriver

    alt F11 displays lvmdriver failed to load with status -1, -1, 0xbad0001.

    altF12 reports some additional stuff if needed

    Anyone with any ideas ?

  • 2.  RE: Failed to load LVMDRIVER

    Posted Jul 15, 2009 03:15 PM


    Verify that your storage controller is on the HCL. It could be related to that. Or there could be other issues related to the chipset in use.

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  • 3.  RE: Failed to load LVMDRIVER

    Posted Jul 15, 2009 04:59 PM

    The "Failed to load LVMDRIVER" error means that ESXi has not detected any supported network controller, not storage. ESXi needs a MAC address from a network card to generate UUIDs for the new installation.

    Possible solutions:

    • Look at the ESXi 4.0 Whitebox HCL - maybe your motherboard is listed there with some notes on how to get it working (if a driver is available, you may need to play with oem.tgz during installation).

    • Add a supported Ethernet card to the system (Intel gigabit cards are usually recommended).

  • 4.  RE: Failed to load LVMDRIVER

    Posted Jul 15, 2009 08:40 PM

    Thanx that is probably it, it's a bottom end M/B $63 the link you sent show the M2N68 ASUS board has no issues I'll switch to that.

    It's just a testing environment. Am I right in reading somewhere that there is a conversion program to allow VMWare Server VM's to be migrated to ESXi ?

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  • 5.  RE: Failed to load LVMDRIVER

    Posted Jul 15, 2009 08:46 PM

    VMware Converter - the stand alone version if free and you'll be able to import your VMs from Server to ESXi.

  • 6.  RE: Failed to load LVMDRIVER

    Posted Jul 15, 2009 08:49 PM

    Thanks I'll have a look around for it. Thought I saw something like that mentioned. :smileywink: