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Re: [K12OSN] How to boot clients PCs.



Sudev Barar wrote:
2009/9/7 mir ip <mip1983 yahoo com>:
  
I tried it by another PC client and it worked. So the thing is as you said
BIOS is not supporting LAN boot.

So it means that the PC must boot through floppy or CD isn't it?
    

Yes. Or check your lan cards - do they have boot ROM sockets? Can you
get boot ROM for your ethernet cards?
  

The other alternative is to boot the EtherBoot image from the hard disk itself.  This way, there's not floppy or CD-ROM to misplace or "grow legs and walk away."

All you have to do is cat this image to /dev/hda or whatever your hard disk is (/dev/sda, on SATA or SCSI systems).  The way I do it is by first copying the EtherBoot image to a file (usually a formatted floppy, since the EtherBoot image is so small), then booting Damn Small Linux on the old PC.  Then, just mount the floppy ("mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy" or something similar), and "cat" the EtherBoot file directly to your hard disk.

If you've already made an EtherBoot floppy and would like to skip any mounting of floppies, you can do that, too.  Again, boot Damn Small Linux on the old PC, then pop your prepared (and tested!) EtherBoot floppy into the drive.  Then issue this command.

  cat /dev/fd0 /dev/hda

Either way, what you're essentially doing here is turning your old PC's hard disk into an "EtherBoot hard disk."  It's acting just like a giant EtherBoot floppy.  Of course, you won't be able to boot any other OS's from that hard disk this way...and for an old PC acting as a thin client, that is a good thing.  If the old hard disk goes belly-up, no problem, just pop another old one in there, cat your floppy over, and you're back in business.

--TP
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