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[Xen-users] AM2 motherboards with HVM support

I have a Gigabyte GA-M61SME-S2 motherboard with an Athlon 64 X2 4600+
(Windsor) CPU.

The "svm" flag is present in /proc/cpuinfo, but "xm dmesg" contains:

  (XEN) AMD SVM Extension is disabled in BIOS.

I have carefully gone through the BIOS setup options, and I don't see
anything relating to virtualization, HVM, SVM, AMD-V, etc.

My BIOS version is not the most recent, but the changelog on Gigabyte's
site doesn't indicate that this was fixed (and you need DOS or Windows
to flash the BIOS anyway).

I found a recent thread that mentioned this problem:


Unlike the poster in that thread, I am unwilling to perform hacks like
downgrading my BIOS version.  I have emailed Gigabyte, but they have not

(1) Are there any further suggestions to make my board work?

(2) If I have no choice but to spend more money, can anyone recommend an
AM2 motherboard that doesn't arbitrarily lock out processor features?

Thank you.

Kevin DeGraaf

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