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Hardware Thread, Cheap PXE Network adaptor? in Technical; Originally Posted by OverWorked I know this doesn't really answer your question, but I've had the same problem. I had ...
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    Re: Cheap PXE Network adaptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by OverWorked
    I know this doesn't really answer your question, but I've had the same problem. I had a load of PCs with built-in adapters that would only support RPL boot. Floppy drives no good as the built-in adapter wasn't supported, and many floppy drives full of fluff anyway.

    I ended up just buying a load more 3com PXE capable NICS. They're about £20 each, so I just bought them steadily a few at a time so the Finance Manager wouldn't have a fit.

    http://www.misco.co.uk/productinform...~WW~/index.htm

    It's paid off though. I now have all my network PXE capable, and RIS images for everything. I can re-install a machine completely in just 2 minutes of my time.
    Problem is I have tried a PXE card and the it turns out the mother board doesnt support it as well as mentioned above so im pretty much stuffed. Realisticaly I think im going to be stuck with these PCs another two years probably as well

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    Re: Cheap PXE Network adaptor?

    The problem we're having with RIS is that, on a number of machines (one set of RM desktops and half a set of Samsung laptops) while you can set the card to boot from network and the PXE boot loader starts up it reports a completely broken GUID - either a big string of 0's or a big string of F's - anyone know how to generate a proper GUID and flash it back to the ROM or whatever?

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    Re: Cheap PXE Network adaptor?

    You can just use the mac address. The GUID bit is optional. When you create your managed computer simply enter the mac address and prefix it with lots of zeros until the next button is highlighted. This works every time.

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    Re: Cheap PXE Network adaptor?

    Yep that works!
    Thanks for that - both RM and Stone just stared at us blankly and blinked when we asked them - score one for EduGeek!

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    Re: Cheap PXE Network adaptor?

    @Sean: 2 of Dos_Box's favourite suppliers!!!

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    Re: Cheap PXE Network adaptor?

    Yep. They are on my 'Evil' list.

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