[syslinux] PXE Question(s)

Geert Stappers stappers at stappers.nl
Fri Jan 27 23:30:54 PST 2012

On Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 02:38:41PM +0000, Soska, Chris wrote:
> To any and all;
> I am attempting to build a Ubuntu PXE server, and have run into some
> problems. Here's where things stand at the moment:
> DHCP is working just fine.  TFTP is sort of working. It wants to hand
> off a boot image, but... I always get the "cannot find kernel: linux"
> prompt.  Typing in the name of the boot image, in my case, floppy.img,
> causes the image to get passed to the client but...  At that point
> instead of running the boot image as it should it locks up the client
> PC and displays flashing, random rainbow ascii characters, akin to
> booting a badly corrupted floppy.
> I have lost track of how many times I have rewritten default files
> in the pxelinux.cfg directory, but not once has it ever displayed a
> menu, or handed off the boot image. I have a feeling the problem lies
> somewhere between the pxelinux.0 file and the config, but I can't
> quite figure it out.

Share the files that you have in pxelinux.cfg directory with us.

Doing so will reveal if 'memdisk' is used.

> So, before I scrap this entirely, let me spell out what I want to do.
> I want my Ubuntu box to be a PXE server, but I don't want to push out
> Ubuntu or other 'nix flavors. I have a TCP/IP boot disk which we use
> to run Ghost.  The images, all Windows (sorry purists), are stored on
> another machine.

Sounds to me like http://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l/

> Chris Soska

Geert Stappers
> And is there a policy on top-posting vs. bottom-posting?

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