[K12OSN] Network boot hangs

Peter Trifonov petert at dcn.infos.ru
Tue Feb 10 09:16:01 UTC 2009


My PCs have 3Com 3C905, Intel or AMD PCnet cards. However, all Pentium-1
boxes are not able to boot.
Pentium-3 and Pentium-4 clients are working perfectly. Tcpdump reports that
the clients load init executable via NFS.
So the problem seems not to be related to the network card. 

With best regards,
P. Trifonov

> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
> Behalf Of Barry R Cisna
> Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:14 AM
> To: K12LTSP
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Network boot hangs
> Peter,
> You did not mention if these machines have onboard nics,or added in nic
> cards & what brand they are? I would guess this old of machine has an
> add in nic card. Some of these old of machines with onboard nics are
> actually isa based nics. This may be your prob as well. Regardless. try
> finding someplace to grab either any model  Intel pci,or better yet
> realtek 8139 pci card (can be bought for $2.50 ea.USD) and I bet your
> TC
> machines will boot alright.  The realtek 8139 cards are the 'easiest'
> working nic cards i have run across.Way back we used these by the many
> that had the rom socket and burned rom chips to etherboot them this
> way.
> And I'm sure the performance will be plenty satisfactory for someone
> wanting to do web browsing with these machines. This is the specs we
> used when we first started into using k12lstp and they worked out
> plenty
> good.
> Take Care,
> Barry Cisna
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