Debian Linux PXE installation with low memory detects no HDD

Attempting to install Debian Linux on a VMware guest with low memory (64MB) using PXE boot the installation fails to detect any hard drives.

Tried LSI, Buslogic & IDE drives – all same problem. ┬áTried increasing to 256MB – same problem.

Instead of using PXE attach the Netinst.iso file to the VMware guest and boot from “CD”, hard drives are detected as expected.