[syslinux] UEFI syslinux PXE boot issues

Joakim Tjernlund Joakim.Tjernlund at infinera.com
Wed Aug 16 04:15:49 PDT 2023

On Thu, 1970-01-01 at 00:00 +0000, AL13N via Syslinux wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm used to non-UEFI PXE boot, and I use it for my network installer 
> since forever ago.
> Looking up how to UEFI PXE boot, I use the syslinux.efi file and 
> allthough it was loaded and stuff, nothing happend after it, I had at 
> least expected the ldlinux64 to be requested from the TFTP server, but 
> nothing.
> After searching, I noticed someone asking to test the new pre-release, 
> and so I downloaded the 6.04 version. I replaced the syslinux.efi file 
> only, and I got a lot more success. I symlinked the pxelinux.cfg dir and 
> images so it could find the files it needed.
> Then I got the prompt, I typed "install" to trigger that menu item and 
> it transferred the vmlinuz file (14sec for 11MB). Then the initrd 
> (47MB), which takes a long time, but does not ever show the "ok", even 
> after the transfer was complete (as far as I could tell from the TFTP 
> server), which takes more than a minute. after some seconds of nothing 
> happening, it just reboots...
> Can anyone help met out here?

If I recall correctly, UEFI is somewhat broken. Try iPXE instead.

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