Installing Linux (without CD/floppies)
becker at scyld.com
Tue Feb 18 06:05:48 PST 2003
On Mon, 17 Feb 2003, Mark Hahn wrote:
> > As long as your network cards' support PXE (most do nowadays), then it is
> is that really true? great if so! I haven't looked, but tend to only
> expect builtin eth to support PXE...
Almost all current, performance-oriented motherboards have built-in Fast
Ethernet with PXE support in the BIOS Flash.
Most low-end Fast Ethernet cards have a socket but do not include a boot
ROM. It's difficult to find the correct Flash-ROM part, and you must
still program them one by one. It's easier and less expensive to just
buy the slightly more expensive 3Com or Intel NICs with built-in Flash-ROMs.
No matter what installation you use, we recommend leaving the system set
to PXE boot.
Donald Becker becker at scyld.com
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