[Soekris] PXE booting delay

Ted Phelps phelps at gnusto.com
Fri Jan 13 11:15:30 UTC 2006

Hi Kevan,

Kevan Benson writes:
> Whenever PXE booting the net4801 to linux, after downloading the
> pxelinux.0 file the soekris starts displaying weird characters in
> the upper left corner of the terminal for 5-10 minutes, at which
> time it then starts looking for the pxelinux config files (in the
> regular order, ending at default), and loads any other files
> (kernel, ramdisk, etc) it needs quickly and finishes the boot
> process.

That's very odd.

> Is this the normal process?  I've never experienced a box taking 10
> minutes to finish parsing the pxelinux.0 file before.

I've happily been using PXE to net boot a net4801 into linux for over
a year now; what you're seeing is certainly not normal.  I would guess
that /tftpboot/pxelinux.0 is corrupt.

Could you tell us what versions of the BIOS and pxelinux you're using?


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