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[Xen-users] Dell Optiplex 740 / Xen 3.1 / Ubuntu Gutsy woes [fixed]

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Subject: [Xen-users] Dell Optiplex 740 / Xen 3.1 / Ubuntu Gutsy woes [fixed]
From: "Andrew Elwell" <andrew.elwell@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 16:19:16 +0000
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Hi Folks,

Posting this incase it helps others:

I've been battling for *days* to get xen installed on Ubuntu gutsy
(amd64) on a nice new Dell Optiplex 740

CPU looked fine:

processor       : 1
vendor_id       : AuthenticAMD
model name      : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
flags           : fpu tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr mca cmov pat pse36
clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt lm 3dnowext
3dnow pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm cr8_legacy

domain-0 seemed to install OK, debootstrap of gutsy *seemed* ok too,
just never got as far as a login prompt on console or any sign of
network activity

I eventually gave up on Xen and tried KVM - which threw an error
message at the modprobe kvm_amd

    kvm: disabled by bios

(there is no BIOS option relating to virtualisation)

Updated bios from 1.1.3 to 1.2.2 and lo...  all my xen goodness works[1]


[1] well, sorta. Networking seems a bit Wierd - see separate mail


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