[Beowulf] 1000baseT NIC and PXE?

David Mathog mathog at caltech.edu
Mon Mar 15 16:47:09 EDT 2010


Sorry if this is a silly question, but do any of the inexpensive
1000baseT NICs support PXE boot?  I just finished looking through the
offerings on newegg and while a couple of the really really cheap ones
had an empty socket for a boot rom, none of the ones without such a
socket said definitively in its specs that it could PXE boot (or for
that matter, that it couldn't).  The older machines are all 100baseT, be
nice to give them a network speed boost by dropping in an inexpensive
1000baseT NIC, but not if the new cards won't be able to PXE boot.

Thanks,

David Mathog
mathog at caltech.edu
Manager, Sequence Analysis Facility, Biology Division, Caltech
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