[nSLUG] How to determine if NIC supports PXE boot?

Donald Teed dteed at artistic.ca
Tue Jan 13 21:31:39 AST 2004


I started looking at netboot (emulate the boot rom from a floppy
boot), but it didn't provide a driver for the 2 NICs I wanted to try.

I have yet to understand the non-PXE case as well, but I need
to solve the problem for a PXE server anyway so I'll proceed
on this way.

--Donald Teed


On Tue, 13 Jan 2004, Jeff Warnica wrote:

> 
> Thats not necessarily true. PC Network cards have had (the option) of
> boot proms for 20 years; PXE is only something like 5 years old. They
> are not the same thing, though they are both solutions to the same
> general problem. I was never entirely clear on how the non-PXE network
> booting worked. 
> 
> There is the etherboot package, which generates "whatever" it is you
> would burn into an EEPROM to stick in your (old) NICs, and it can also
> be used to generate boot floppies. (apparently, the same thing)
> http://etherboot.sourceforge.net
> 
> And if you happen to not want to build you own from the command line,
> there is http://rom-o-matic.net/, but that seems to be down right now.
> 
> On Mon, 2004-01-12 at 13:27, Logan Attwood wrote:
> > Does it have a boot rom on it? If so, it will work.
> > 
> > If it doesn't have a boot rom, it will appear to have a socket, very 
> > reminisent of cache sockets from PII days.
> 
> 
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