I'm despairing with the same issue. Did you ever find a solution for this?
Same issue here, did som extra research now and found an open reddit thread about this
Not the same card but exactly the same problems, when i grep 10ea from vmkernel.log is see that the card is already claimed when the ne1000 driver tries to claim it.
removing the ne1000 driver does not solve the issue for me either
Finally solved it, or at least came up with a workaround
So here is what i did to get it to work.
the culprit is this case is the new native ne1000 driver
gave it a shot and removed the ne1000 driver from the ISO and remapped the card to the older e1000e driver that had support for this card since ESXi 5.5U3 but that failed.
i also tried to leave the ne1000 driver and only remapped the PCI ID to the e1000e driver with no success, same as before "No supported adapters found" during installation.
I knew that this card worked in 6.0 so i installed 6.0 and it worked as expected, then i upgraded the installation with the latest 6.5a offline bundle (ESXi650-201701001.zip )
and the upgrade went fine but as expected the ne1000 driver failed to recognize the card, but at least i had a working install now and was able to access the DCUI.
Then i disabled the ne1000 driver using the command "esxcli system module set --enabled=false --module=ne1000" and rebooted, and voila, the older e1000e kicked in and initialized the card without problems .
Still beats me why removing the ne1000 driver directly from the installation media never worked.
Hope this helps
thanks for letting us know!
I've tried it and it works! I have now an working ESXi 6.5 on a Lenovo X201
I did a fresh install of ESXi 6.5a with a USB NIC to get up and running. Then after disabling the ne1000 module and a reboot it still didnt see the nic. Should I start with the ESXi 6.0 the way you had success or did you start with 6.0 just to be able to get up and running?
Upgrade from 6.0 is a necessary step, i never got it to work otherwise.
I suspect that VMware did some changes to the e1000e driver in 6.5 that rendered this card unusable and when u upgrade from 6.0 the old driver is left untouched
I grabbed the 6.0 Update 2 ISO and tried to do a fresh install and got the No Network Adapters error on install. What version of 6.0 did you start with?
I used VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0.update02-3620759.x86_64.iso
Strange, i used the same ISO.
can you press alt+f1 during install so the console shows up and see what actually happens when the driver tries to initialize the card?