K.S. Bhaskar on 19 Feb 2008 13:38:52 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Finding a motherboard with a BIOS that does not block CPU virtualization

Thanks, all, for your help.  By way of follow up, we upgraded the
BIOSes on our Gigabyte boards, and virtualization started working.  We
haven't decided what motherboards we will acquire in the future.

-- Bhaskar

On Feb 12, 2008 4:25 PM, K.S. Bhaskar <bhaskar@bhaskars.com> wrote:
> We have been burned both times that we purchased AMD64 motherboards
> recently (2 Gigabyte models from Newegg).  The CPUs support
> virtualization (evidence from /proc/cpuinfo), but the kernel modiule
> kvm-amd fails to load with an error.  Google tells me that this is the
> result of a BIOS that blocks virtualization.  Is there any way to tell
> before purchasing a mobo whether or not the BIOS blocks
> virtualization?  This doesn't seem to be a feature that mobo
> manufacturers advertise.
> Alternatively, if you purchased an AMD64 mobo in the last 3-6 months
> and are able to successfully modprobe kvm-amd, would you please let me
> know manufacturer and model, please?
> Thanx muchly, in advance.
> Regards
> -- Bhaskar
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