Subject: Re: [K12OSN] TFTP timeout errors SOLVED

Bob Mead bmead at
Wed Dec 10 21:57:06 UTC 2008

Almquist Burke wrote:
 >	You might want to make sure your bios on the thin client is up to
 >date. Some of the early PXE implementations were broken. I know I had
 >to flash the Bios on my Dell GX1s to get them to PXE boot.
 >	From what you are saying, you are getting an IP address but not
 >getting a boot file from TFTP. Is there anything else on your network
 >giving out IP addresses, like a linksys router? Are you even
 >connecting to a working TFTP server?

Nothing else on the network. The only things are the k12ltsp server and 
the TC. And from the error, no it does not look like the server is 
working for tftp.

Barry Cisna wrote:
 >As Peter (Almquist?) stated , check when this client first boots. One 
of the first
 >5-6 lines. If you don't see pxe v2.0 or v2.01 this client will never

The only indicator is PXE-MOF, I assume this is insufficient for booting...

 >A workaround if you cant get it bios updated,is to build a floppy
 >image(I would guess this old PC has a floppy in it),with the correct nic
 >image from the /tftpboot/boot/bootroms/ ,or just build the universal
 >boot floppy, also contained in this directory. This is on your k12ltsp
 >server right now. This will at least make this machine bootable for you
 >to test on.
 >If nothing else you'll learn how to build floppy images,& or the
 >Universal Boot floppy.:-)

I built the universal floppy: its does boot the client machine to: 
Loading ... (up to 9 dots) at which 
point it has been for the last 1.5 hours. Is there something else I now 
need to do to make this work?

Update: I needed to reboot the TC and it works now!! :-) Not sure why it 
hung the first time through...

It seems that I am asking the incredible newbie ?s but the documentation 
is nearly non-existent as far as I can tell. Maybe I'm not looking in 
the right place(s)?

Thanks again,

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