[K12OSN] nfs loads through crossover not through switch

John A. Smith jsmith at breakthroughministries.com
Fri Oct 29 19:57:50 UTC 2004

I was finally able to get this issue resolved (I think...). I'm not sure which of these changes really made the difference, since I didn't do them one-by-one, but here's what I did:

1) Disabled the onboard AMD nic
2) Threw in a generic tulip nic and went into bios and adjusted the IRQ to 3 (I think it was using 10 or 11 previously, which probably conflicts with something on the server)
3) In /etc/dhcpd.conf I added a section for the workstation and defined option-129 like below
(see http://www.k12ltsp.org/phpwiki/index.php/Tecnical:Booting:ISA for further explanation)

     host ws004 {
         hardware ethernet     00:A0:24:A3:14:19;
         option option-128     e4:45:74:68:00:00;
         option option-129     "NIC=tulip";

Worked like a charm at the next boot!

--john smith

----- Original Message -----
John A. Smith wrote:
> Sorry for the repost . . . but thought this needed a new thread
> Well I finally did get the onboard nic working on the compaq 5133. It wasn't a tlan after all but the pcnet32:lancepci etherboot floppy from rom-o-matic, configured with the CONFIG_PCI_DIRECT option.
> Now, however, I have a different problem. When it gets to "Doing the pivot_root" the client hangs and says "nfs server not responding, still trying." This message goes away and everything continues to load perfectly if I disconnect the client from the switch and reconnect a crossover cable from the nic to the server.  Once X is started on the client and I log in, I can reconnect the client and server to the switch and run apps just fine.
> Anyone else run across this? 
> -john smith
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