Diskless boot with onboard NIC
wsb at paralleldata.com
Mon Mar 4 12:10:22 PST 2002
Jim fraser wrote:
> I am considering using some inexpensive mother boards as part of a cluster
> project. These boards (ECS K7AMA) use the
> RealTek 8139C LAN chip on board the motherboard. They claim it supports
> "Lan card wake-up" . I have seen some Linux drivers for this chip on the
> Scyld site.
The 8139c is a little slow compared to other chipsets, on the order
of 10% less performance.
> My questions are:
> Is it possible to do a diskless boot without a floppy? I would prefer a
> etherboot from another system.
Check out linuxcentral.com. They sell a card with etherboot installed.
I'd recommend using 3com or an Intel card for PXE booting though. I've
got quite a few machines that use PXEboot. You can get an Intel PXE
capable card for less than $30. Check around on pricewatch.
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