[K12OSN] etherboot "slow dots"

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Sat Mar 3 02:30:08 UTC 2007

I had that problem with some 3Com 3C905 cards about three years ago. 
They were slowly failing, and swapping the card with a new one fixed the

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Nadav Kavalerchik wrote:
> in our experience, it has to do with either a failure in the Ethernet
> network card or the cable is ending his life and needs to be replaced.
> (this is how we solved a few incidents like your, in which the
> workstations used to work for a year or two without and problem)
> On 2/14/07, *Shawn Powers* <spowers at inlandlakes.org
> <mailto:spowers at inlandlakes.org>> wrote:
>     I have some older IBM computers that use etherboot because they don't
>     support PXE.  For some reason, several of them started showing a
>     problem where the "dots" that fill up the screen during the boot
>     process are glacially slow, and the computers often will fail to boot
>     all the way.  A different computer, sitting right next to it, booting
>     PXE, boots up lightning quick.
>     These computers have been thin clients for years, and are connecting
>     to the same server all year.  Any ideas where I can troubleshoot the
>     booting problem?  It's very odd...
>     -Shawn
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