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    Default Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Hi TT folks!

    I'm trying to install ESXi on my EX58-Extreme based system and I'm running into an issue where after a lot of research, it seems that this board doesn't support VT-d needed for device passthrough which is a crucial element of my build. I then ran into this thread: http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...beta-bios.html and saw that this user got a beta bios from Gigabyte that turns VT-d on.

    I see on Gigabyte's site that there's 2 "beta" bioses out F13J and F13S with very little info as to what changes they include, is there anyone with experience of knowledge of these BIOS that can tell me if VT-d is enabled for one of them? If not then I guess I'll have to email Gigabyte support and hopefully get a custom VT-d BIOS like the other user :)

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Just a bit more info - I've tried the beta bioses from F13J-T (every version posted here on the beta thread) and none enabled VT-d. I've emailed Gigabyte support and hopefully they get back to me.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Well, Gigabyte may have delivered!
    I got a beta bios back today: ex58exgk.13t

    Hopefully it works, will try when I get home tonight. I just wanted to post it here so everyone can have access to it that may need it

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    I've emailed Gigabyte support and hopefully they get back to me.


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    chinesestunna,
    thanks for link.

    towgavinfree,
    which board?
    If they send you,can you post link here,thanks.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by stasio View Post
    chinesestunna,
    thanks for link.

    towgavinfree,
    which board?
    If they send you,can you post link here,thanks.
    Maybe I spoke too soon, my ESXi install now hangs when running with VT-d enabled. When I disable it ESXi boots up just fine. Perhaps something is wrong in the VT-d implementation in the BIOS? I've read a lot of issues with various board makers making errors in their VT-d implementation.
    I will update the thread once it's resolved.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by chinesestunna View Post
    Maybe I spoke too soon, my ESXi install now hangs when running with VT-d enabled. When I disable it ESXi boots up just fine. Perhaps something is wrong in the VT-d implementation in the BIOS? I've read a lot of issues with various board makers making errors in their VT-d implementation.
    I will update the thread once it's resolved.
    How are you installing ESXi? Are you installing it natively on the computer or you installing it in Vmware or Vbox? Which version are you installing?

    The reason I am asking I just installed ESXi 4.1 and no issues so far but I have not tried to install any guest os's. Mind you I installed this in vmware on a win 7 host X58A-ud5 rev 2 board. Then I just installed version 5.0 and doring the install it gave me a warning hardware virtualization is not enabled or supported by my cpu.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    How are you installing ESXi? Are you installing it natively on the computer or you installing it in Vmware or Vbox? Which version are you installing?

    The reason I am asking I just installed ESXi 4.1 and no issues so far but I have not tried to install any guest os's. Mind you I installed this in vmware on a win 7 host X58A-ud5 rev 2 board. Then I just installed version 5.0 and doring the install it gave me a warning hardware virtualization is not enabled or supported by my cpu.
    Native on bare metal, I'm using 4.1u1, I think VT-x is working but VT-d is the one giving me issues. Just to clarify, from what I can tell so far ESXi works fine as long as I don't mess with VMDirectPath, which I need to run my file server so I'm stuck here.
    I have contacted Gigabyte again regarding this issue but we'll see if they fix the issue. If so I'll post the new bios image here.
    Last edited by chinesestunna; 09-15-2011 at 01:47 PM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Just got a response from Gigabyte, they give me yet a newer build of the F13t-GK BiOS. I've checked MD5 and it is newer than the one posted above. Hopefully this will fix the VT-d issue.

    F13t-GK: ex58exgk.zip

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by chinesestunna View Post
    Just got a response from Gigabyte, they give me yet a newer build of the F13t-GK BiOS. I've checked MD5 and it is newer than the one posted above. Hopefully this will fix the VT-d issue.

    F13t-GK: ex58exgk.zip
    Great to hear. I just got out my old ex-58-ud5 board out and have esxi 5.0 installed. I am tring to see if this bios has the same problem or not; but I am not sure how you are seeing this problem.

    If you dont mind walking me thru step by step on your setup. Is there some special hardware you have for your "File Server" that I may not have and there for not having the same problem?

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    Under Configuration tab then Advanced Setting. DirectPath I/O Configuration. I have a warning. Configuring host hardware without special virtualization features for virtual machine passthrough will make it unavailable for use except via dedication it to a single virtual machine. In particular, configure a device needed for normal host boot or operation can make normal host boot impossible and may require significant effort to undo.
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