[K12OSN] Wireless - TC boot status

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 21:50:45 UTC 2010

On 10/27/2010 4:22 PM, Barry Cisna wrote:
> Hello All,
> Thinking more about this (providing someone with more smarts than me),
> It seems on a mobo that has onboard wifi,a person could somehow dump
> some code into the bios that would throw pxe into the wifi options,
> (along with the afformentioned scanning for AP's).
> I remember way back in the first versions of K12LTSP  doing the bios mod
> to old p133 mobos with onboard nics that dumped etherboot on to the
> bios. As I recall you used an advanced version of flash.exe and the
> like. There was always enough spare space on the bios chip that would
> allow this code to be added.
> It worked slicker than snot,as this was when pxe was just coming on to
> the scene,and etherboot was still the choice.
> It made an useless dumpster bound p133 box have some life anyways,,other
> than being big as a Cadillac they worked and still do work fine with
> K12LTSP!
> Here is a good challenge for someone.,,,:)

The thing is, I'm not sure you'd want to pxe boot over wifi, especially 
something old that might only have b protocol or if you have a lot of 
units booting at once.  Probably what you really want is a USB/flash 
boot into something running the NX client with a painless way to keep 
the boot image up to date - like being able to run from ramdisk while 
overwriting the boot image if a change is needed, or having enough flash 
for two copies and a way to copy the new one in and toggle which is used 
for the next boot.  That way you'd only have to copy the image over when 
it changes.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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