[K12OSN] pxe boot from hard-drive?

Bert Rolston bert.rolston at clear.net.nz
Wed Jun 9 23:59:19 UTC 2004

Hi Huck,

It was probably one of my messages.

Prpare a hard drive as if you were going to put DOS onto it. You could
conceivably use a free version of DOS. 

I made a 10MB partition.

Make the drive active.

Create a batch file that calls the PXE_ROM_IMAGE.com file, and save that
to the 10 MB partition.

copyt the appropriate PXE_ROM_IMAGE.com file to the 10 MB partition.

Reboot and it should work.


I used a boot floppy set up in a similar manner to test various cards. 

I did the old config.sys menu trick in DOS and had about 6 different
boot rom images on the floppy. 
Throw the floppy in my diagnostics machine, select the boot rom based on
the NIC, and see if it connects to the server. 


On Thu, 2004-06-10 at 10:04, 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.
> So I'm wondering if there is another way to do it without having to
> replace all of my network cards...and some of the older hardware
> doesn't have options for booting from LAN anyway...
> I googled for a while and found nothing that worked so far...
> --Huck
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