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Regarding this tutorial http://davehope.co.uk/Blog/turn-an-old-google-appliance-into-an-esx-server/ I am stuck while converting my other GSA with Gigabyte MotherBoards GA-8IPXDR. In fact, I made a Clear CMOS to disable the BIOS password (there is no jumper labeled PWRD_EN on this model).

Before clearing CMOS, I also tried to enter the “default” password (something like AWARDS_SW, test also)

The issue is that since this action, hard drives are not recognized by the BIOS (AMI BIOS v.3.31) although the RAID is created, so I’m not able to install any OS.

So, is there a way to solve this issue? What about flashing the BIOS (using the executable from the Gigabyte Website, and running it with a DOS-based live CD)

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You created a RAID array with the BIOS and the OS doesn't see it? That suggests the OS doesn't have the driver for the RAID controller. –  David Schwartz May 21 '12 at 11:57
    
Hi David, thank you for your fast answer, it is not just the OS but also the BIOS (Primary IDE Master: Not Installed, etc.) The 4 drives are recognized by the 3ware bios configuration which allows to create RAID arrays. Thanks –  Virtuose May 21 '12 at 12:02
    
If the drives are connected to the 3ware controller, the mobo BIOS shouldn't see them. The 3ware BIOS should. And the OS will if (and only if) it has a 3ware driver loaded. –  David Schwartz May 21 '12 at 12:09
    
Thanks, so if I use a linux-live CD with a 3ware driver loaded, I'll see the drives using fdisk? –  Virtuose May 21 '12 at 12:16
    
It should, yes. –  David Schwartz May 21 '12 at 12:39
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closed as too localized by Bart De Vos, ewwhite, Dan, SvW, EEAA May 21 '12 at 12:34

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