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Re: General advice to booting diskless client needed

On Sun, 12 Jun 2005 16:42:14 +0200
Rudolf Bahr <box_1@quasi.de> wrote:

> Hello,
> I'm new to the list. Therefore greetings to all.
> I needed some general advice to booting a diskless little box
> (AMD Geode GX-533, 256 MB RAM, no internal HD, no floppy, no CD,
>  4 x USB, VGA, Ethernet).
> I'd like to have 2 boot-choices:
> 1. Booting over LAN using a USB-HD
> 2. Booting over LAN using only the available 256 MB RAM.
> BTW, does exist a way for booting from an external 
> boot-server without any help by a LAN boot server?
> (An external boot-server beeing available, my little boot client beeing in
>  my LAN with a gateway to internet)
> Up to now I experimented with a boot server in my LAN using PXE
> trying to use a USB-HD:
> a. Boot-client connecting to boot-server using DHCP (getting IP-Address, etc.) 
>    worked fine (with ISC DHCP).
> b. Using TFTP to get boot-choices and kernels worked fine 
>    (with tftpd-hpa, filename "pxelinux.0").
> c. In /tftpboot on the boot-server was untared netboot.tar.gz, date 05-mar-2005, 
>    from debian/dists/sarge/main-installer-i386/current/images/netboot.
>    results: c1. linux26 and expert26 both ended with:
>                 "<0> Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!"
>             c2. linux and expert didn't recognize the USB-HD. 
>                 Therefore finish at that point.
>    I didn't add any boot parameters in addition to the existing ones.
> I'm new to the topic, therefore I bought the little box just to play with
> and to learn about that.
> Any hint could help me.
> Greetings and thanks,
> Rudolf
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Hi Rudolf,

	what kernel with what config did run before on this box? Compare the
configs with netboot, maybe something jumps out.

	Maybe you can also try to boot from the usb-hd or an usb-cdrom. Joey 
has several other images : http://people.debian.org/~joeyh/d-i/sarge/images/daily/



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