[K12OSN] using really old PCs as clients

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Tue Oct 13 03:24:06 UTC 2009

Actually, it was answered, but perhaps you're not understanding just 
what it is we're saying here.  Any card that supports PXE-booting is 
just such a card as you describe, with its own boot ROM on it.

Here's some additional information as well.  If you have any 3Com 3C905 
cards handy (either the original or the "B" variant), you'll notice a 
socket for a chip.  That socket is where you'd put the boot ROM for that 
card.  If you do put that in, then your PC will happily boot from the 
network.  Jim McQuillan sells these chips for several types of network 
card, not just 3C905's.  But what if you don't happen to have that chip, 
and your employer will not pop for these chips?  That's when you 
"substitute" the boot ROM chip for a floppy disk, hard disk, or CD-ROM 
with that same boot ROM image on it.  It accomplishes exactly the same 

Hopefully this helps to clear some things up.

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raju VK wrote:
> Thanks for all the replies. But even now my question is not properly 
> answered. It is simply,  if I use a new network card with boot ROM, 
> whether I can boot in to a network even if the boot options does not 
> have an entry for network card as boot device.
> From the replies I assume the answer is negative and the only option 
> is to use a boot floppy.
> regards,
> Raju
> On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM, Klaus Ade Johnstad 
> <klaus at skolelinux.no <mailto:klaus at skolelinux.no>> wrote:
>      Søndag 11. oktober 2009 17.44.09 skrev raju VK :
>     > I have successfully installed the terminal server on my fc10
>     >  desktop.. Now my question is now I can use some vintage (1998/99)
>     >  PCs as clients. The PCs has no option to boot from network. Other
>     >  wise they are still functional. If I use a network card with boot
>     >  ROM can I connect these PCs to the terminal server ?. I
>     googling the
>     >  net last two days does not yield any result.
>     >
>     >
>     > with thanks in advance,
>     > Raju
>     >
>     One person that is using realy old PC as clients (like i486 w/4MB ram)
>     is Alberto Castillo from Argentina. Search the listarchives for mail
>     from him,  Alberto Castillo <proyecto.edulin at gmail.com
>     <mailto:proyecto.edulin at gmail.com>>
>     That would be a good startin point.
>     --
>     Klaus Ade
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