netinstall via PXE
Dear Sir or Madam,
yesterday I have managed to install Debian/Squeeze on a rather old
computer via PXE using "tftp-hpa" and "dhcp3". The procedure you provide
at ".../manual/xx.i386/ch04s05.html" (chapter 4.5 pp.) did not work. PXE
stopped with a "directory" error, resulting in "boot file not found".
So please allow me to explain the necessary differences to get the
In chapter 188.8.131.52:
The line in "/etc/dhcp3/dhcp.conf" regarding the filename should read
' filename "pxelinux.0";'
(instead of ' filename "/pxelinux.0";' Note: This might not be the main
In chapter 4.5.4:
Uncompressing "netboot/netboot.tar.gz" into the tftp boot image
directory leaves "pxelinux.cfg" as a link to the directory
"debian-installer/i386/pxelinux.cfg". Setting this link to
"debian-installer/i386/pxelinux.cfg/default" resolves the "directory
error" of PXE, but doesn't start the installation. This is only achieved
by copying the configuration file
"pxelinux.cfg/<ip-address-in-hex-with-uppercase-letters>". In my example
the client-IP was "192.168.1.2", so the files name had to be "C0A80102".
This did the trick !
It might be that this renamed config file is necessary only for old PXE
cards, but a hint on your site might help others with the same problem.
Please feel free to add this information to the installation procedure.
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