Fwd: [CLUG] PXE problems - resolved

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Thu Jun 1 05:28:40 GMT 2006


I was going to suggest trying it with a Linux kernel and initial RAM
disk and see if the same behaviour occurs. That would at least have
isolated it to a Messy DOS problem or not (why aren't you using


Bob Edwards.

freegazer wrote:
> worked this one out thanks anyway guys
> hint - turn off BIOS numlock status when using USB keyboards :)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: freegazer <freegazer at gmail.com>
> Date: Jun 1, 2006 11:45 AM
> Subject: [CLUG] PXE problems
> To: linux at lists.samba.org
> hi there listers.
> After Bobs presentation on PXE booting and Diskless systems I have 
> attempted
> to make an O/S installer boot over PXE. currently all is good with the
> system running fine 3/4 of the time. the problem on every 4th boot is that
> PXE, TFTP, and syslinux seem to run fine but once the ramdisk image of the
> MS-DOS install disk (please no flames I know its wrong but its what I have
> to do) starts there is an error and the system drops back into a prompt.
> when this is run with a prompt instead of the menu system entering the 
> image
> name at the prompt runs perfectly.
> If the script however is run with the prompt option set to 1 no prompt is
> given and the same 3/4 rule applies.
> Also as a side note this is occouring on multiple images from in the system
> can someone please advise on at least a ballpark area that may be causing
> this type of error at the moment I have run out of ideas.
> the current menu file in use has the following options:
> DEFAULT menu.c32

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