I bought one of the new MacMinis, which were presented yesteraday, plugged two 8GiB DD3-1600 modules in (OsX reported 16GiB of memory, as the models before) and tried to install ESXi 5.1 Build 799733. It started promising:
cr0=0x8001003d cr2=0x0 cr3=0x449ad500 cr4=0x12c
PCPU 0: SISISISISISISIS
Code start: 0x41800c600000 VMK uptime: 0:00:00:04.301
and a stackdump.
I tried instalkling 5.0 and 5.0 U1 also, but with the same result.
It is the regular MacMini with an i7 4C 2.3GHz and one 1TB SATA drive (http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MD388LL/A with no extras), not the MacMini Server.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
PS1: I was unable to boot the ESXi setup from USB key! Since other USB keys (OsX setup for example) didn't work either, I suspect that there's some EFI boot problem from the new USB3 ports. Booting from CD worked, however.
PS2: on the earlies models we had the problem, that the Alt key wasn't recognized after powering on, when there is an USB hub between the keyboard and the Mac (a KVM switch for example). That seems to be fixed now: whenever I press the Alt key at the powerup chime, I get the Apple "boot menu", even with our KVM switch in between.
I recently noticed the on-board NIC in my Mac Mini 6,2 is only inserting at 100Mb, not 1000Mb as would be expected. Can others confirm this? Is anyone getting 1000Mb / 1Gb on the Mac Mini 6,2, using the custom ISO on the virtuallyGhetto site?
updated from virtualghetto 5.1u1 iso to latest patches and everything is still working. looks like vmware fixed the apple smc stuff and put it in the latest patchbundle!
also confirming both nics, onboard ethernet and thunderbolt working at 1gbs
helux -- Did you use Update Manager to apply the latest updates? There are 6 updates available. 1 from 5/22, and 5 from 7/25. When I use Update Manager, I get the error "The host returns esxupdate error code:15. The package manager transaction is not successful". I followed this KB article VMware KB: Remediating an ESXi 5.x host fails with the error: The host returns esxupdate error code:... to no avail.
I am a newbee here so any help will be appreciated.
I have similar macmini configuration and facing the same pink screen as reported by saltmaster. The background was that I was able to install the ESXi 5.1 on the mac mini from USB. When I boot my mac mini I got the same pink screen. Now I am stuck as I cannot even reformat my entire mac mini hard drive.
I am in a desperate situation.
Do you have the same error as posted on page 1 of this thread? If so, the workaround posted by Darius (also on page 1) should be all that is required to get your Mac Mini booting ESXi 5.1 again.
I have a Mac Mini 6,2 (2012), also installed via USB using the pre-customised ISO file (links earlier in the thread), and it works fine.
Worst case, you may need to perform an NVRAM reset and re-install you preferred OS.
I received similar pink color display even after I typed and enter the following texts: iovDisableIR=TRUE. Could someone please help me in starting my MacMini?
You will need to enter iovDisableIR in two places, once to get the installer up and running and once more to get it booted up after installation. I suspect you might have missed the latter?
You can also just use the custom ISO I've built which requires no additional work and you can just install it, take a look:
Thank you very much for your reply. However, the IOS is already installed and was working good. It is I think due to power fluctuation that the MacMini stacked. I already enter iovDisableIR to run the machine during startup. Could you please tell me ways to boot and access my files and programs?
I'm currently using my Pegasus R6 Thunderbolt enclosure via my MacMini Server on ESXi 5.1U2 It's great. I did have to download a stex driver VIB to make it work. It's just a RAID driver as Thunderbolt is just a PCIE extension anyways. But sadly since my update to ESXi 5.5 my Thunderbolt NIC doesn't work, so I have to track down the driver for that and install it. I did have to take the bottom off the MacMini though, as with the amount of VMs I'm running on it, she warms up quite a bit.