[Beowulf] Re: 1000baseT NIC and PXE?

Joe Landman landman at scalableinformatics.com
Wed Mar 17 18:54:29 EDT 2010


Why not use a USB stick with gpxe.USB?

This would provide the greatest flexibility.

Please pardon brevity and typos ... Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 17, 2010, at 3:55 PM, "David Mathog" <mathog at caltech.edu> wrote:

> Andrew Robbie wrote:
>> Can I suggest you consult the rom-o-matic database maintained by the
>> etherboot/gPXE project? The raw list is at:
>> http://rom-o-matic.net/gpxe/gpxe-git/gpxe.git/src/bin/NIC
>>
>> For example, it shows that the DGE-530T is supported with the skge
>> driver.
>
> I did visit that site, but the documentation was not exactly "make PXE
> work when it didn't before" newbie friendly.  It looked very helpful  
> if
> one already knows what it means!
>
> Yesterday I called a bunch of tech support lines for the various cheap
> NIC manufacturers and was that ever a miserable experience.  D-link  
> and
> netsys both sent me to Indian phone support hell, in one instance so  
> bad
> the questioner got into a loop on her script and started asking the  
> same
> questions again, at which point I threw an exception and hung up.  For
> those cards which had an empty socket to hold an EEPROM, nobody could
> (or would) tell me what type of chip to put in there, or where to get
> the software to load on it.  The most honest answer of the day was  
> (not
> an exact quote) "we just make the things, ask Realtek if it can do
> that".  (Still waiting for Realtek to reply.)
>
> Gus Correa sent me the simplest solution - PXE boot using the existing
> 100baseT on the mobo and use the new gigabit card once the system  
> comes up.
>
> Regards,
>
> David Mathog
> mathog at caltech.edu
> Manager, Sequence Analysis Facility, Biology Division, Caltech
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