FAI-3.2.16 and Broadcom-Ethernet/PXE/DHCP-problem with ipconfig

Dirk Geschke dirk at lug-erding.de
Mon Jan 26 18:24:18 CET 2009

Hi Henning,

thank you for the fast reply!

> > I having problem install Lenny on a Dell R200.
> > I pxe boot using one of the interfaces on the moderboard.
> > It works fine but the kernel detects one of the ports on my quadcard
> as eth0.
> > So the installation hangs waiting for dhcp on the "wrong" interface.
> > One solution is to use two ethernetcables, but..

no, that is not my problem, there is onyl one NIC installed.

> Try
>  append initrd=fai/lenny/initrd ip=:::::ethx:dhcp root=/dev/nfs
>  nfsroot=/srv/fai/nfsroot-lenny boot=live
>  FAI_FLAGS=verbose,sshd,createvt,reboot FAI_ACTION=install
> Where ethx is your preferred interface. Make sure that the kernel
> supports the motherboard NICs.

this does not work, even if I use

   append initrd=initrd.img-2.6.26-1-amd64
   root=/dev/nfs nfsroot=/srv/fai/nfsroot boot=live
   FAI_FLAGS=verbose,sshd,createvt,reboot FAI_ACTION=install

it does not work. Strange enough: Although "none" of "off" should
disable DHCP the line ipconfig prints contains RARP and DHCP. It
seems that it ignores all entries here?

BTW: Which initrd is used by PXE boot? Is it the one in the tftp
     directory or the one from the nfs direcotry? Of course, both
     are identical...

Best regards


PS: The same machine worked with FAI-3.1.x.

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