After booting the vmdk in VMWare connect to the WebGUI (192.168.1.1) (root / admin) and restore the factory defaults. Afterwards you can do whatever you like, e.g. flashing the newest x86 firmware or just perform your specific configuration.
IIRC you can ignore the reboot message. I get a lot of error messages, though but dd-wrt works properly.
Just got this problem myself. I think its because dd-wrt uses a virtual IDE disk which will work fine on workstation, player and server but will not work on ESX as that only supports SCSI disks. Even if VMware converter has created the image successfully, I expect dd-wrt doesn't have the necessary scsi drivers thus the root partition can't be mounted. So I guess the only thing to do is request scsi support in the dd-wrt image .... not sure if thats possible?
I'm currently evaluating ESX over standard vmware server and all I'm seeing at the moment are less features! The reason I'm looking at using a dd-wrt image is to get NAT working which ESX doesn't support. But I like the idea of having dd-wrt as that should give me even more features . Oh well.
Posted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:16 Post subject: Oracle VirtualBoxManager only works with IDE
I know this thread is way old, but I had the same problems using Oracle VirtualBox.
My problem was, that I had the virtual harddisks connected to the SATA controller of the virtual machine instead of the IDE controller. After changing this, everthing works fine. Seems like the dd-wrt misses some (compatible)drivers (at least) for Oracle VirtualBox SATA controller.
I don't know if this solves your problems, but I thought it would be the best to post this info.
Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:29 Post subject: Finaly found my way around the problem....
Finaly found my way around the problem...
currently running on VM under VMWARE esxi5.5
So here's how i got it running.
1st : Create a VM with basic peripherals...
Let's call it "DD-WRT-VM"
i tried with no CD drive and no floppy drive...
but i've put 2 network card on different "network" (read vmware vSwitches)
1st : WAN
2nd : LAN (make sure you don't screw you own network because of double DHCP servers...)
Also, i've put 256megs of ram and 1gig of hdd (scsi was OK for me).
*DO NOT START YOUR VM* <- Just create it
2nd : attach you newly created vHDD (the vmdk file) to
another running VM (i used a win7 virtual machine(VM))
(no need to detach it from "DD-WRT-VM" because you didn't start it yet!)
9th : wait for it to reboot, then wait another 3 mins, then reconnect to your dd-wrt webpage
(same thing as 7th step)
i've decided to change my dd-wrt-vm ip to 192.168.3.1 (by the webpage)
You can see that everything is working for me in the 3 screenshot i have just taken
(you can also see that all my stuff are in french... sorry)