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2003/XP RIS install - can't see SCSI

Discussion in 'Virtual Computing' started by derkit, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. derkit

    derkit Gigabyte Poster

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    Playing around with the RIS install part for the 70-270 and after zimbo's videos I have eventually achieved it - but I came across a major headache, or at least it was at the time - I was wondering if someone could shed some light on it.

    Boot up off PXE, picks up image and then during the text install process it now says it can't see the hard drive. Checking the BIOS out of my virtual machine, it says no hard drive - and this is a machine that has a current copy of XP on (yes, I was trying to over write it!)

    Create a new empty vm with IDE hard drive instead of the SCSI that comes standard when you select an automatic XP install and it builds fine - so my question is this - why does a "standard XP" vm setup use SCSI and not IDE??
     
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    Or is it on reflection my XP Pro vm that I'm using now is oddly using a SCSI drive - seems like the "standard" is IDE.......

    but I can't think for the life of me why I would have any particular need to set this?
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    I am not sure as I haven't had this issue before and I have a few xp vm's running.

    Have you tried setting it to AHCI instead of IDE or SCSI?
     
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  4. derkit

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    I haven't found the option for AHCI though?!
     
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    oops misread
     
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    XP setup needs the scsi driver !!! create a virtual floppy with the drivers on. or set a VM with IDE and use instead.

    the bios cant find the drive either?
     
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  7. SimonD

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    This will probably fix it for you with regards to SCSI drivers.

    http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/mi...nguage=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006956

    If the BIOS can't see it however there is an issue with the VM, after all this is prior to the OS actually loading and you wouldn't be needing drivers at that point.

    I would start from scratch again, make sure you have the VM configured correctly (controllers\disks) and move on from there.
     
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    Super - use IDE instead, yep thats what I ended up doing! And no the BIOS doesn't see it at all. It has 4 spaces where the drives should be metioned, and only the secondary master is shown.

    That's just given me a thought - what would a SCSI drive appear as in the BIOS because it is neither a primary/secondary master/slave..... hmmmm...

    SimonD - cheers for the link. The VM was created from scratch shortly after I created this thread - New> VM. etc... I'm guessing its something in the setup of the VM itself but I'll have to check.
     
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  9. supernova

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    you didn't actually state which VM platform you were using.

    is there a separate key combo to get to scsi settings like you get with option roms on scsi controllers?

    i cant actually say i have used scsi in VMs in esxi, which i personally use.

    what flavour of VMware you using workstation or esxi?
     
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  10. derkit

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    And now I can't recreate the problem at all - no matter whether I select SCSI or IDE in the custom setup of a XP vm....... It warns me and stops booting up the vm if I've selected a SCSI hard drive but then haven't included the drivers pointing me to the vmware website to get them.

    For reference its Workstation.

    hmmmmmm, odd. I'll ignore it for now and assume I was being a muppet :(
     
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  11. supernova

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    put it down to gremlins
     
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