Note! this is applicable at least for OEL, RedHat, Fedora, but probably to all recent linux flavors.

oel5I had a strange error today when trying to install an Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 on a brand new VM made with VMware server 1.0.5:
When I tried to create linux partitions inside the VM, I’ve got: “no valid devices were found on which to create new filesystems“… like the kernel didn’t see the VM disks.

After less than a minute of google-ing this, I found that the “Typical” configuration inside the VMware Server is creating a SCSI disk with BusLogic controller which is not supported anymore by the Linux kernel.

To overcome this, you must create either a IDE disk either a SCSI disk with a LsiLogic controller.

Good luck!

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5 Responses to “VMware Linux VM error “no valid devices were found””
  1. arunNo Gravatar says:



    Really your hints help me lot to install RHEL in VmWare. Thanks a lot…!!!!


  2. MaryamNo Gravatar says:

    “This message appears because Fedora Core 6 cannot install on a system that uses a BusLogic SCSI adapter.

    To resolve this issue, when you use the New Virtual Machine wizard and are prompted to choose a guest operating system version, choose Other Linux 2.6.x Kernel. This selection uses an LSI Logic adapter.”

    I found this solution at VMware forum and it worked for me.

  3. BinoyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks this solution helped me !!

  4. CharanpalNo Gravatar says:

    @Maryam – Thanks a lot. It worked for me. I am able to install it now. Much appreciated.

  5. DobreNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, this is solution for VM OEL installation problem.

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