[Beowulf] 1000baseT NIC and PXE?

Michael Di Domenico mdidomenico4 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 15 14:00:40 PDT 2010

surprisingly enough there are still cards that don't come with PXE
built into the embedded rom.  you'll have to check the specs on the
card you're interested in from the mfg website.

one thing that bit me in the past, even though the card had pxe, the
bios of the machine i was working on had no mechanism to load the
option rom (it was a desktop),

On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 4:47 PM, David Mathog <mathog at caltech.edu> wrote:
> 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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