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ShErbO's picture

Hi all,

I'm trying to boot my PC over the network. I've set-up dhcp & tftpd on the server, and they're working okay. so the problem is with the client PC.

The client gives the usual (no boot drives are found) message.

I've checked my dhcp logs, the client DOESN'T EVEN REQUEST AN IP !!

To make sure my dhcpd server & network connections are fine, I booted the client PC from a harddisk & made sure the dhcp server gave it a proper IP etc...

So, is it a hardware problem ?? BIOS/NIC ??

My motherboard isn't that old, only 2 years or so (P4). My NIC is a Gigabyte FE-605 which uses a via-rhine III chipset.

Your help is appreciated.

YoussefAssad's picture

client setup

What've you done on the client? IFAIK you'll need bios support and PXE support in the network card; also (my information is very sketchy here but it should give you something to go on) I think there's some kind of extra connection from the network card to the mobo?

Haven't done it myself, only educated guessing here. Actually,



ShErbO's picture

No extra connection

I'll check the BIOS & PXE stuff, the connection you mentioned isn't related to Net booting it's the WOL (WAke On Lan) cable.

Pronco's picture

Bad client, slap it and take away its cookie

Overall, you'll need a PCI card that support PXE or remote installation service boot disks for client computers with network cards that do not support PXE. The boot disk simulates the PXE boot process

btw, could you set a static ip for it to look toward?

it does remove a layer of complexity in any case. one could at least test it that way. checked the cables, by the way?

I used to be indecisive .. but now I'm not so sure

ramez.hanna's picture


hope it helps

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maslan's picture

Another Thing , u can burn th

Another Thing , u can burn the eeprom of ur network card to support pxe if it can't.

Network booting quick howto

the previous posts about your bios supporting pxe, etc are all correct. 1-Your network card, hopefully your card will be supported. 2-Your target format, this can be one of several things like a lilo bootable image, a filo bootable image or a bootable floppy image.

I think you will most likely want the bootable disk image, you can run make bin/allzdsks and that will give you a floppy disk image with drivers for all supported NICS. if you want a lean and mean floppy then you will need to specify which NIC to build for. There are alot better details in the readme's and install files than this quick and inadequate guide.

Good luck

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