11 Replies Latest reply on Sep 7, 2009 4:10 PM by ibmer007

    LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?

    dean_smith Novice

      I've spent a few ( ok lots of ) hours trying to get the LSI Drivers to work with an XP install, and I think I've read every post on the subject going back 18 months.

       

      - Trying the latest drivers from LSI

      -- Following the instruction exactly in the zip file, copying just the list of files required to a clean floppy

      -- Boot XP ( SP3 ) install, F6, Specify drivers.

      -- Driver is listed, install continues.

      -- Cannot find any hard drives.

       

      - Trying older drivers from LSI, including all the .flp images other people have built

      -- Gets further than above, past formatting

      -- Then cannot copy symmpi.sys

      -- I have tried putting copies of all the files in \i386 on the floppy as well as suggested somewhere, this also doesn't work.

       

      I have a couple of questions.

       

      - Is it actually possible to install LSI drivers on ESX 3.5 and XP SP3 ? If so which exact drivers and where exactly do they need to live ?

      - Does it matter ? I can only find an LSI/Buslogic comparison of 2000/2003

       

      Thanks in advance

        • 1. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
          dean_smith Novice

          After I posted this I decided to just go ahead and use the buslogic drivers, and they wouldn't install either - with the cannot copy file problem.

           

          Going back to an earlier XP image the older LSI drivers now install.

           

          However the latest LSI drivers still don't find any hard drives.

           

          I may have another go at Slipstreaming an SP3 but for the moment it seems that SP3 has problems, at least for me.

          • 2. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
            pcgeek101 Novice

            I'm having this exact same problem where setup says "Setup cannot copy the file symmpi.sys"

             

            I'm using Windows XP SP2 if it matters, which it shouldn't. I'm using this driver:

             

             

            signature="$Windows NT$"

            Class=SCSIAdapter

            ClassGUID={4D36E97B-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

            Provider=%LSI%

            DriverVer=11/20/2007,1.26.05.00

            CatalogFile.ntx86=mpixp32.cat

             

            -


            Trevor Sullivan

            Systems Engineer

             

            Message was edited by: pcgeek101

            • 3. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
              mparent Novice

              I am having this issue on ESXi 3.5, neither bus logic or lsi logic drivers find a drive during the XP install.  I have tried both SP2 and SP3 with no luck.  I am going to continue looking into a solution.

              • 4. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                mparent Novice

                 

                I was able to get it working using this version:

                 

                 

                signature="$Windows NT$"

                Class=SCSIAdapter

                ClassGUID={4D36E97B-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

                Provider=%LSI%

                DriverVer=06/13/2005,1.20.18.00

                CatalogFile.ntx86=mpixp32.cat

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                  hard work pays Novice

                  hello mparent,

                   

                  I tried with the  version you suggested adn it still doenn't find the hard drives.

                   

                  version

                  signature="$Windows NT$"

                  Class=SCSIAdapter

                  ClassGUID={4D36E97B-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

                  Provider=%LSI%

                  DriverVer=06/13/2005,1.20.18.00

                  CatalogFile.ntx86=mpixp32.cat

                  • 6. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                    mparent Novice

                    If it helps, I was using a Windows XP SP2 cd.

                    • 7. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                      jedcred Lurker

                       

                      I'm having a similar problem as described above.  I've tried installing Windows XP SP2 using both the LSI controller with driver flp and the Buslogic with corresponding flp. 

                       

                       

                      In both cases, with proper driver and controller selected, I get the problem where, after formatting the hard drive (so it does see the hard drive controller), the system cannot copy the controller drivers from the virtual floppy disk.

                       

                       

                      A situation akin to this has happened to me in the past with a physical server install; basically, it involved a need to provide a floppy disk with storage controller drivers, except, for some reason, the USB drivers used to read from the floppy were unloaded when it got to the point where it came to copy the files to the hard drive.  This was solved by using an alternative usb floppy drive.  Something similar may be happening here as well, except we are tied to the virtual floppy disk implementation provided by the Infrastructure Client.

                       

                       

                      Does no one else have this problem?

                       

                       

                      I'm using VMware ESXi 3.5 and installing through the VMware Infrastructure Client.

                       

                       

                      • 8. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                        jedcred Lurker

                         

                        Having scrounged up a SP3 CD from a friend (the good kind that do favors at 10:30 pm), the installation process works with the Buslogic controller and driver flp.  Something in the SP2 installer has some kind of problem with the floppy drive.

                         

                         

                        At the end of the day, either VMware has to fix this in their virtual floppy drive (if this is actually the problem) or you have to find a SP1, SP0, or SP3 Windows XP disk and use your key with one of those install discs.

                         

                         

                        Hopefully this helps somebody out there.

                         

                         

                        • 9. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                          Bashbelly Lurker

                          this worked for me finally, i was having the exact same issue using a windows xp cd that had been slipstreamed with sp3.  went back and tried a windows xp sp2 install cd and it worked flawlessly.

                          • 10. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                            rassini Enthusiast
                            VMware Employees

                             

                            Found this posting and used the BusLogic driver and the VMware supplied scsi .flp driver.

                             

                             

                            Installed with XP SP3.

                             

                             

                            http://knmi.wordpress.com/2008/02/28/vmware-installing-windows-xp-on-esx-using-lsi-logic-driver/

                             

                             

                            See the note towards the bottom regarding using BusLogic.

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                            • 11. Re: LSI Drivers and XP - Now impossible ?
                              ibmer007 Novice

                               

                              Although this seems to be an older post, but left not resolved. For a good instruction and a good scsi driver you may want to go through my post:

                               

                              How to Install Windows XP on VMware ESX

                               

                              I have tried it and many of my customers had successfuly been able to follow through it and successfully get XP up and running in no time on VMware ESX.

                               

                               

                              If this help any one please leave me a comment and reward points :). If it does not work for you please post back the exact error message you are getting after confirming that you had followed up every step in the post to try to help u out.

                               

                               

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