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[K12OSN] PXE boot Dell GX110--was compaq deskpros



Aha! It IS possible to PXE boot the Dell gx110. But it's pretty well hidden. In the BIOS, under the 'Boot Sequence', it normally only shows three choices: CD, floppy, & hard drive. In the main BIOS screen, you must scroll down to 'Integrated Devices', and within that, you'll see, among others, 'Network Interface Controller', which is set to On by default. But this is not just a binary, on or off option; rather, it also contains the choice of 'On w/MBA'. Choose this, save the changes, reboot the box, go into the BIOS setup again, and now 'Boot Sequence' will list 'MBA UNDI(Bus1 Slot12)' which is the PXE boot option. Set that option to be the first choice, and voila! the box PXE boots. Hopefully, this info will be useful to someone.

Petre

Petre Scheie wrote:
Ah, my mistake: This box is a GX110, not a GX1, The latest BIOS version is A09, which I already have. Nuts! Oh well, etherboot floppies get the job done.

Petre Scheie wrote:
I've got version A09. Perhaps that's the key: maybe A10 allows net/PXE boot. In the BIOS setup, there is only one screen, with a scroll bar on the right; Alt-P has no functionality on this machine.

I'll see if there's a later BIOS version.

Les Mikesell wrote:
Petre Scheie wrote:
I suspect not all Dell GX1 machines are the same. I have one that I use for some other things, but thought I'd try to test it as a client. Despite upgrading the BIOS, there's no option in the setup for network booting (PXE or otherwise). I'd love to be insulted by someone telling me there is a way to make this happen. An etherboot floppy doesn't count, I'm already doing that; I want to make it boot via BIOS setting.

What bios version do you have (it should show on the first boot screen). I think you need A10 or whatever is the latest. Then in the bios setup you hit alt-P to go to the second page and ctl-shift-right-arrow on boot order to set PXE ahead of the hard drive.


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