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Re: [K12OSN] A little progress...COMPAQ 486's

On Wed, Dec 11, 2002 at 09:35:03AM +0100, Joe Guenther wrote:
> Dave, 
> I also have a whole hoard of those old Deskpro 486/66M machines around. 
> They are built like tanks - never die. 
> BUT like you I cannot get them to work with LTSP and ISA network cards. 
>  I have tried a particular card in an AST 486DX2/66 where it works 
> perfectly.  Then with the dhcpd.conf and lts.conf files unchanged, I 
> put that network card into the Compaq.  NO GO!! 
> The workstation boots ... finds the dhcp server, gets its IP address & 
> boot file ... on till = = = = = = = = screen output = = = = = = 
> modprobe 3c509 .. .. eth0: 3c509 at 0x300, 10basetT port, address 00 60 
> 00 46 ef b6, IRQ10 3c509.c:1.18a 17Nov2001becker cyld com .. running 
> dhclient 
> here it waits a LONG time .... 
> ERROR! no dhcpd-eth0.info file this usually indicates that the dhclient 
> did not get a response from the DHSP server, or the NIC driver isn't 
> working properly with the network card. 
> Kernel Panic! 
> = = = = = = = end of screen = = = = = The  interesting point being that 
> this card works perfectly in an AST 486 or in any P100 that I have with 
> the current LTSP server.  I am therefore assuming that the problem lies 
> with the Compaq .... ???? 
> greetings Joe Guenther 

Since the problem seems hard, why not try a strange solution :-)

Try with a kernel that have 3c509 complied in directely and not as a
module, that way dhclient will not be run, the client will get its ip
as kernel boot argument from etherboot instead. I have a kernel for
i486 with 3c509 complied in at:
http://sociologi.cjb.net/ltsp/vmlinuz_3c509 the config-filed used at
compilation is http://sociologi.cjb.net/ltsp/vmlinuz_3c509.cfg
(nfs-swap patch is enabled)

With this kernel, you don't need any boot time arguments in dhcpd.conf
This is all that is needed.

    host foo {
        hardware ethernet      [Macaddress];
        fixed-address          [IP to offer];
        filename              ["/path/to/kernel"];

Good Luck!


Hans Ekbrand

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