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A project log for Hydra Multi OS Gaming Console & Controller

This is a game console sized Hydra with a single GPU, running SteamOS, Win7 & Android x86 KitKat. Gameplay & mgmt via modular controller

ericeric 04/02/2015 at 18:392 Comments

So, as I am writing the build instructions, I get to where you are installing ESXi.

On my testing prototype system, the GB Lan is a Realtek 8111 - for which there is no driver in ESXi and the install FAILS.

I used the ESX-Customizer (which I will link to in the build instructions) to inject the RTL8111 driver (a VIB file I will also link there) into the VSpere install ISO.

However, the H81M-ITX specified has an Atheros 8171, for which there is NO VIB file to inject. Until I get one in my hands, I can't really say if it will work or not.

The H81M-ITX/Wifi , while a little more expensive, has an RTL8111, so I can say for sure it will work.

Plus it has a potentially available PCIE 1x available for some pass through device, maybe we can replace the USB-->SPDIF, or add a second display (limited to 1x)


eric wrote 06/21/2015 at 14:25 point

Wow, nice find. Keep me posted, this hopefully opens up a lot of other boards too.  

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nao wrote 06/21/2015 at 09:30 point

Hey there, 

read your howtos with eager! I got an H81M ITX in my office as well and will try to install ESX with the following VIB

Just found it on the net, maybe it works and is a solution as well!

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