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Re: [K12OSN] 3com ISA NIC Booting



Thanks for the concise HOWTO James!

Dealing with this has been high on my todo list for v2.0.1. I have an untested
RPM containing these changes available for the brave and/or foolish at
ftp://k12linux.mesd.k12.or.us/pub/distributions/testing/dhcp-3.0-5_lts.i386.rpm 

-Eric

On Fri, 22 Feb 2002, James Jensen wrote:

>Jim:
>
>Thanks!  That was the perfect pointer for getting the ISA 3C509B-TPO NIC to
>work with LTSP 3.0!  Here's the modifications for anyone who's interested:
>
>Add the following two lines after the "option root-path" in /etc/dhcpd.conf
>
>option option-128 code 128 = string;
>option option-129 code 129 = text;
>
>...and a section as follows also in dhcpd.conf to get the client to boot
>with the ISA NIC in question:
>
> host ws004 {
>    hardware ethernet     00:A0:24:A3:14:19;
>    option option-128     e4:45:74:68:00:00;
>    option option-129     "NIC=3c509";
>    }
>
>Easy enough and it works perfectly.  A quick "service dhcpd restart" from
>the command line and away we boot...
>
>If anyone is interested:
>    hardware ethernet = MAC address of the NIC
>    option-128 = Crucial line for EtherBoot, enter it exactly
>"e4:45:74:68:00:00"
>    option-129 = ISA NIC driver in question
>
>Now I am wondering how or if I can get the Cirrus Logic gd543x video chip to
>run under XFree86 4.x instead of 3.x?  At any rate I still think it's great
>that setting XSERVER to XF86_SVGA that it will automatically set up the
>Xconfig file for you as opposed to writing a custom file.  Very nice...
>
>Thanks!
>
>James Jensen
>jmsjnsn linuxfreemail com
>
>
>----- Original Message -----
>From: <jam McQuil com>
>To: "James Jensen" <jmsjnsn linuxfreemail com>
>Cc: <K12OSN redhat com>
>Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 7:03 PM
>Subject: Re: [K12OSN] 3com ISA NIC Booting
>
>
>> James,
>>
>> There were big changes between K12 1.1 and 2.0.  The biggest
>> change that I know if is that K12-2.0 is based on LTSP 3.0,
>> which was a major change for LTSP.
>>
>> Indeed, the network drivers are compiled as modules on LTSP 3.0.
>>
>> PCI network chipsets are automatically detected, but ISA chipsets
>> are not.
>>
>> If you want to make it work with an ISA card, such as the 3c509, you
>> will need to pass both option-128 AND option-129.
>>
>> For more information, take a look at this document:
>>
>>   http://www.LTSP.org/instructions-3.0.html
>>
>> Down near the bottom, you'll find important information for
>> configuring ISA network cards.
>>
>> Jim McQuillan
>> jam Ltsp org
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, 20 Feb 2002, James Jensen wrote:
>>
>> > The problem booting a LT client with the 3com 3C509B-TPO ISA NIC is
>> > apparently not PC specific.
>> >
>> > It appears that the tftp ROM floppy disk image is good but that it's
>choking
>> > when it's pulling over the kernel.  The message appears that while PCI
>cards
>> > are detected and automatically configured, ISA cards must be manually
>> > identified in the dhcpd.conf file.  I tried to do so with option-129 in
>that
>> > file without success.  I cannot get the ISA NIC to boot regardless of
>the PC
>> > that I put it in.
>> >
>> > Again, this configuration was working under the K12LTSP 1.1 distro but
>not
>> > under 2.0.  I haven't determined the difference at this point but I did
>> > notice that in the kernel config file that ISA PNP is configured as a
>module
>> > and not compiled into the kernel, could this possibly be the
>> > difference/problem?
>> >
>> > On another note with the Compaq Prolinea 466 (which makes a decent
>terminal
>> > when it works) using the 3com PCI 3C900-TPO NIC I needed to create a new
>ROM
>> > image from http://www.rom-o-matic.org/  enabling the following option to
>get
>> > it to remote boot:
>> >
>> >     CONFIG_PCI_DIRECT (define this for PCI BIOSes that do not implement
>> > BIOS32 or not correctly)
>> >
>> > Using this ROM image the client booted perfectly.
>> >
>> > I know I'm not the only one out there using the previously mentioned
>3com
>> > ISA NIC, anybody else got any ideas?
>> >
>> > BTW, be sure to set the XSERVER option in lts.conf to XF86_SVGA if you
>are
>> > using the Cirrus Logic gd543x video chip.  It works great under K12LTSP
>2.0
>> > without the need for a custom XF86CONFIG file (Yeeeeah!).
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > James
>> >
>> > ----- Original Message -----
>> > From: "James Jensen" <jmsjnsn linuxfreemail com>
>> > To: <K12OSN redhat com>
>> > Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:35 PM
>> > Subject: [K12OSN] 3com ISA NIC Booting
>> >
>> >
>> > > I had old Compaq Prolinea 466 PC's with 3com 3C509B-TPO booting fine
>with
>> > > the 3C509 floppy disk ROM under K12LTSP 1.1 but such is not the case
>with
>> > > K12LTSP 2.0.  It begins booting but then stops, telling me that the
>Kernel
>> > > cannot automatically configure the ISA NIC.  Will the "Kitchen Sink"
>> > kernel
>> > > resolve this or is there another option that I can use to fix this?
>> > >
>> > > I have a LOT of these 3C509B-TPO cards that can be used so I am hoping
>> > there
>> > > is a fix for this.
>> > >
>> > > Thanks,
>> > >
>> > > James Jensen
>> > > <><><><><><>
>> > > "Perilous to us all are the devices of an art deeper than we possess
>> > > ourselves.". -- JRR Tolkien
>





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