[K12OSN] problem with pivot root identifing the nic

Jim McQuillan jam at mcquil.com
Sun Aug 19 14:59:49 UTC 2007


You need to pass an option to the kernel, so it knows which module to load.

I think the parameter you want to pass is 'NIC=forcedeth'.

I'm assuming you are using PXE to boot the clients, so you'll need to 
add that to the PXE config file.  Take a look at:


For information about how to pass that option to the kernel.

Jim McQuillan
jam at Ltsp.org

Jacob Maier wrote:
> Hi Everyone
> I am going to try and explain my problem one more time.
> I bought a bunch of ASUS vintage 2 AH2 bare bone kits (m2npv-vm 
> motherboards) added memory and processor to be my clients.
> I am using k12ltsp version 6 as the server.
> I see the client start up and get the DHCP and TFTP fine. It then begins 
> the second boot and tells me it can not identify the NIC and aborts.
> I know that the generic forcedeth driver will work or I can install a 
> driver from the NVIDIA website. what I need to know is how to I force 
> the kernel to use one of these modules.
> Failing this I can boot from USB thumb drives. In which case what small 
> distro would you recommend and what do I have to add to make sure it 
> works properly with the server.
> School is starting in two days so I need to get thing done.
> Thanks in advance.
> Jacob Maier
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