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Old 07-18-2008, 09:40 AM   #1
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Question PXE Boot Menu Timeout Not Working

Hey everyone,

So have set up a virtual environment with a CentOS machine as my PXE server and a WinXP VM acting as the client to test the PXE Boot.

I have the menu set up as seen below. For whatever reason, the countdown to Timeout never works, and thus, the default never boots automatically.

default menu.c32
prompt 0
timeout 300
ONTIMEOUT Your_Machine


LABEL Your_Machine

LABEL Clonezilla
kernel images/clonezilla/vmlinuz
#Older Clonezilla
append initrd=images/clonezilla/initrd.gz boot=casper netboot nfsroot=$NFSSERVERIP:/exports/clonezilla
#Clonezilla 1.1.0-8
#append initrd=images/clonezilla/initrd.gz boot=live union=aufs netboot=nfs nfsroot=$NFSSERVERIP:/exports/clonezilla

Any ideas? Need more information?


Last edited by SGlassman; 07-18-2008 at 09:46 AM. Reason: To include PXE Menu
Old 10-21-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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I had the same exact issue, downloaded and built latest syslinux tarball vers 3.72 from their site...replaced original pxelinux.0 and menu.c32 works fine w/ no changes to cfg file..

btw, you can also grab latest rpm from their site.. it puts pxelinux.0 and menu.c32 in /usr/share/syslinux, you can copy from there to /tftpboot..


Old 05-31-2010, 09:54 AM   #3
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I know this is an old thread but I stumbled across while searching for the same type problem with cobbler / spacewalk pxeboot.

The solution was to downgrade cobbler- to cobbler-1.6.6-1.el5.x86_64.rpm. Maybe some other version of cobbler will come out in the mean time and fix this, or maybe some other solution is out there. But if your stuck for time and dont need any features of cobbler 2.0, this is what worked for me.


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