O/S Deployment Thread, GPXE Help in Technical; Hi guys.
Setup a FOG server a while ago but have some ancient RM machines which I want to use ...
13th January 2010, 01:04 PM #1
Setup a FOG server a while ago but have some ancient RM machines which I want to use FOG on as well
I understand that I need to use something like GPXE/Etherboot as these machines don't support PXE but I am having a nightmare trying to get it to work and the GPXE documentation is written for someone who knows Linux better than me
I've downloaded the pre-build floppy .dsk
Copied it to the desktop
formatted my floppy with Windows (didn't know how to do it with Linux until 5 mins ago)
Figured out where in /dev the floopy lives (/dev/sdb)
sudo dd if=gpxe.dsk of=/dev/sdb
Says it's successful so eject the disk and plug it in to a machine and all I get is "Loading ROM image...................." and then it just sits there
Also tried formatting it in Linux (Ubuntu 9.10) as FAT and as EXT3. FAT made no difference, EXT3 crashed needing another re-format!
When dd'ing, the result I get is:
521+0 records in
521+0 records out
266752 bytes (267 kB) copied 29.2208 s, 9.1 kB/s
Managed to get the CD version working on my test machine so not a problem with the machine but I don't want to have to carry a USB CD drive around with me when I can carry a plain old USB Floppy drive or Netac USB Key with floppy emulation!
Last edited by pnlrogue1; 13th January 2010 at 03:47 PM.
Reason: Added more info
28th January 2010, 09:05 AM #2
Finally got it working - one site told me to dismount the floppy after finding out what it's /dev entry was. I decided to ignore this and try
which was, unsurprisingly, unsuccessful, but then I tried
dd if=gpxe.dsk of=/media/gpxe
and it worked!
dd if=gpxe.dsk of=/dev/sdb
Moral of this story: Just because one website says dismount the thing you're trying to write to, doesn't mean that they're right...
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