Release Date: Jan. 30, 2009
This fix changes the sata_svw driver to disable DMA and use PIO instead for ATAPI devices.
Symptoms seen without this patch: Certain ESX 3.5 systems might stall when loading the sata_svw.o module, when the system is rebooted. The affected ESX 3.5 systems are configured with:
If you try to install ESX 3.5 software from a CD-ROM on hosts with this hardware configuration, the ESX installer cannot detect the CD/DVD drive and installation cannot continue.
None beyond the required patch bundles and reboot information listed in the table, above.
Based on VMware KB 1006658