[K12OSN] pxe boot from hard-drive?

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Wed Jun 9 22:56:09 UTC 2004

Thanks all...
once again 'ignorant piloting error' was the cause =)
had done an 'update' to packages...and apparently some process needed
HUP'd...and a reboot solved it.
also...it reset my /etc/X11/gdm and xdm settings so was getting the
illustrious grey screen with black X cursor =)
6.6.1 in lts docs give solution... 3 files to edit,  gdm-config,
Xaccess, xdm-config  I think were the three..
anyway...I need to try the all-in-wonder cd from the pxe place...aughta
save me floppy headaches.


-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Quentin Hartman
Sent: Wednesday, June 09, 2004 3:38 PM
To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] pxe boot from hard-drive?

On Wed, 2004-06-09 at 15:04, Huck wrote:
> There was a post from long ago that I scrounged up in the archives 
> about taking the boot-rom from http://www.rom-o-matic.com and instead 
> of booting from a floppy drive, it said you could somehow, (one said 
> copy a .com version of the rom to the HD and reboot), that didn't work

> for me.

I did this by downloading the file from Rom-O-matic that acts like a
Linux kernel. Then, I booted the client machine from a Linux Live CD (I
used a Gentoo Live CD, though any you are comfortable with would work)
and then created a small boot partition on the hard disk and installed a
bootloader (I used grub, but LILO would work as well). Then I just
configured the bootloader to load the file from rom-o-matic just like a
kernel image. It worked great. This also allowed me to easily setup some
of the clients to multi-boot into Windows and local Linux installations.
I know these are broad strokes, if you need more detail, let me know.


-Quentin Hartman-

Technology Coordinator
South Lane School District
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Office- 541.767.3778
Mobile- 541-501-1197
qhartman at lane.k12.or.us

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