[syslinux] PXE linux starts slowly

Helmut Hullen Hullen at t-online.de
Wed Dec 15 12:46:00 PST 2010

Hallo, H.,

Du meintest am 15.12.10:

>> Maybe a problem with some of my Thinkpad laptops is related. Some
>> have the Intel Pro 100 (e100), some T40 have the Intel Gigabit
>> (e1000, not e1000e).
>> Booting over the e1000 is very slow (something like 300 Baud).
>> Booting over e100 (or other NICs on other machines) works well.
>> Syslinux 4.03 (and some older versions). Changing from pxelinux.0 to
>> gpxelinux.0 (or back) doesn't change the boot speed.
>> When booting via PXE has finished and the desired distribution is
>> installed the transfer speed is high, as expected - the NIC seems to
>> be ok.

> It seems somewhat unlikely, both e100 and e1000 tend to have
> reasonably good PXE stacks.

But if I remember correctly that slow booting came with some newer  
pxelinux version (newer than 3.84).
Perhaps I'll unearth this antique version and take a try ...

Viele Gruesse!

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