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Old 12-08-2003, 10:29 PM   #1
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How do I tell if my NIC's can be used for diskless stations?


Hi All,

I have a handfull of NICs that I've collected over the years and I want to put some of them to use by building a diskless workstation or two. However, for a completely diskless workstation I hear that I need ROM on my NIC's... My question is how do I tell if my NIC's have it built in (is that possible?) or if it's not built in, how do I know if they are capable of adding a chip to that card?

I suspect there is a command that lets me view the details of my NICs and from those details I suspect I can tell if it has ROM or is ROM compatible... I have no idea what that command might be. Any ideas? If not... how else can I tell?

Once I get this sorted... I get to figure out how the heck to put together a diskless station - that's another thread in itself.

Cheers,
J.
 
Old 12-09-2003, 04:51 PM   #2
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You should be able to look at the manufacturers website if you know the model number.

To create your ROM images see:
http://www.rom-o-matic.net
which supports the cards listed here:
http://www.rom-o-matic.net/5.2.2/eth....2/src/bin/NIC

For an easy and effective way to set up thin clients - see:
http://www.ltsp.org/
 
Old 12-10-2003, 09:37 AM   #3
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Thanks David. I can find out what models I have (assuming it is written on each card) for my spare cards. Is that list of supported cards definitive of all cards that have ROM support or only those cards which etherboot supports? (I have read of different ways of booting from a ROM, what's the other... errr.... PXE?)

On a second note, I do have a couple cards in use right now and would rather not pull apart the machines to check the brand/model of each card... is there a way I can check if they have ROM support without physically looking at the card?
 
Old 12-10-2003, 12:05 PM   #4
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Only thing I know of would be the driver disk that came with the NIC would have a DOS diagnostic tool that would tell you if the ROM was enabled or disabled.
 
Old 12-10-2003, 02:37 PM   #5
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Blah. Not the answer I was looking for but I appreciate it anyway. I'll take a look to see if I have any of the old device driver disks... I can't remember the last time I actually had to use one so I don't know if I ever had them to begin with.

No worries. I just thought there may have been a built in utility to view device details.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 08:25 PM   #6
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In Linux use lspci -v (I beliece) for pci cards. It should give you an indication...

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