AMD Microcode patch error on installing ESXi 5.1

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by mrgigo, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. mrgigo

    mrgigo MDL Novice

    Sep 15, 2012
    Hi Folks,

    I'm new to the forum, so before posting a mod request to the AMI section, I thought I would bounce this off everyone in the hardware section.

    I have an Inventec server ISR1300-2F-2210. It is running dual processors. The two processors are AMD Opteron 2356 Quad-Core CPUs. It has the nVidia NFP3500 chipset It is running AMI BIOS core 08.00.14

    I decided to "re-purpose" the server for an ESXi 5.1 Host.

    When loading ESXi 5.1 I get a purple screen that says I need to update the processor microcode to min patch level 65

    Of course I had no idea what that meant, so I hit google. Apparently, the system BIOS takes care of that. So I searched for BIOS updates. However, InventecESC web site is gone. I cant find any BIOS for this server, anywhere.

    That brought me here.

    If I provide the BIOS ROM file from the server, can this processor microcode patch be "mod'd" into the provided ROM file?

  2. Michaela Joy

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    Jul 26, 2012
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  3. mrgigo

    mrgigo MDL Novice

    Sep 15, 2012
    Hi Miki,

    Thanks for the welcome.. and.. thanks for the possible lead.. unfortunately the lead did not pan out.

    I read it. I'm not trying anything like what he did. I'm simply placing the ESXi 5.1 CD-ROM in to the server's drive, and attempting to install ESXi to the local hard disk. It doesn't get real far into the install before it halts with the message I must update the CPU's microcode to a min patch level of 65.

    I found a place on the net where "if I were loading RedHat", I could have the OS patch the microcode in a volatile way. BIOS would be more of a non-volatile solution.

    Still hoping for help here,