[K12OSN] "network boot" in the bios

Victor victor at hiplik.com.hk
Sat May 27 03:29:08 UTC 2006

As far as I know, there are at least two kinds of "network boot" in the 
bios, i.e.e the PXE (Preboot eXecution Environment from Intel) and RPL 
(remote procedure load).  For LTSP, it supports PXE.  For Novell 
network, it supports RPL.

I have tried PXE booting on network cards, sis900 and rtl8139.  
Basically I think LTSP can support any network card which is preset to 
PXE network boot.  Therefore, you should first check out whether the 
P2's can support PXE booting.


Rob Owens wrote:
> I have a few P2's that I'm using as thin clients. 
> They have the option of "network boot" in the bios, in
> the "boot order" section.  When I enable this, some of
> them boot over the network, and some just hang.  I
> assume it's related to the model of network card I
> have installed (they are not the originals that came
> with these computers).  
> So my question is, how do I know if a network card is
> capable of booting over the network?  Just to clarify,
> I'm talking about *not* using a boot floppy.
> Thanks for all the help.
> -Rob
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