VMware ESXi install error on Dell PowerEdge 1950

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trying to install ESXi on a Poweredge 1950, with a 2 drive RAID 1, PERC 5i controller configuration, but when the ESXi image boots I get the following error: 'Unable to find a supported device to write the ESX Server 3i 3.5.0 image to' Can anyone help User submitted question
ASKED: April 9, 2009  3:36 PM
UPDATED: April 13, 2009  4:13 PM

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ESXi doesn’t support as wide a range of hardware as ESX and other OSs. You probably need a different RAID controller that ESXi supports. I’m sure that VMware has a supported hardware list on their site.

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  • Eric Siebert
    The ESX/ESXi Hardware Conpatibility Guides are here. There is a separate one for I/O controllers.
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