4 Replies Latest reply on Sep 11, 2018 7:09 AM by FirstS0ul

    PSOD with PCIe Passthrough - Wifi Card

    FirstS0ul Novice

      Hey guys,


      i have an HP DL380 G6 with ESXi 6.0 - Update 3 (Build 9313334) - HP Image running.

      I get this PSOD if i start my OPNsense VM with PCIe Passthrough with an Atheros Wifi Card:



      Its an TP-Link TL-WDN4800 Wifi Card.


      I have already did that:


      Without the Wifi Card it works great. No Problems, but when i start my vm with the connected wifi card... i get this PSOD.



      Any Idea?

        • 1. Re: PSOD with PCIe Passthrough - Wifi Card
          SupreetK Master

          For starters, DL380 G6 is not supported with ESXi 6.0. On top of this, not sure if the WiFi card is supported as a PassThrough device (and with the DL380 G6 itself) -





          • 2. Re: PSOD with PCIe Passthrough - Wifi Card
            daphnissov Guru
            vExpertCommunity Warriors

            Any Idea?

            Yes, I have an idea. It's because you're trying to do multiple crazy things with unsupported stuff. Stop trying to do those things.

            • 3. Re: PSOD with PCIe Passthrough - Wifi Card
              wila Guru
              vExpertCommunity WarriorsUser Moderators



              What you are trying to do certainly sounds exciting for a lab host, but I doubt it is going to ever work reliable.

              As the others already mention, you're in unsupported area.

              The host isn't supported to start with, for vSphere 6.0 U3 the oldest supported HP 380 server is a Gen7, see also:

              VMware Compatibility Guide - System Search


              For the WiFi PCIe passthrough card, I don't even have to search if it is on the list as it is a desktop card, not server grade quality, so there's also no support for that.


              In addition, OPNSense is based on FreeBSD. For FreeBSD, only version 9 and version 10 are supported on vSphere 6.0 U3. If you're running OPNSense 17.1 or newer then you are running against FreeBSD 11, which is .. unsupported.

              I'm not even sure if PCIe passthrough is supposed to work on FreeBSD and this isn't even FreeBSD, so the guest OS that you are running is also unsupported.

              As a result you are experimenting with a system that hasn't been guarantueed to work and the result you are seeing (the PSOD) isn't entirely unexpected.


              I'm afraid that as a community there isn't much we can do at this moment, there are just too many variables at work here.


              Hope this helps,



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              • 4. Re: PSOD with PCIe Passthrough - Wifi Card
                FirstS0ul Novice

                Okay. I get it. No support for labs or something. thanks.