Acer TravelMate B113 imaging help

  • Greetings!

    I have been using Fog for a few months to image Acer TravelMate B113 netbooks. It’s been a few months since I’ve had image one, but just recently received a new shipment to deploy.

    Long, boring story short, my image doesn’t work on these newer Acers. The first partition is imaged, but the others are bypassed. I’ve changed BIOS settings (disable secure boot, etc) and tried different host kernels, to no avail.

    Is there anything I can try that I haven’t thought of? I’m definitely not a savant with Fog.

    Thank you!

  • Thank you for your help!

    The netbook is still running the [B]dd[/B] command and I’ve purged the MAC address from the pxelinux.cfg directory. Once this finishes, I’ll try to image again.

    I’ll let you know how this turns out.

  • So, as you’ve already got an image you want to blast to these machines, there’s no real guarantee that it will work as this hardware is newer than your original thinkmates.

    That said, you will have to remove the partition tables currently on the new systems.

    If you boot them to Debug mode, from the PXE menu, you might have some better luck. It will take some time, as you will need to convert all of the systems that have this problem. To convert them, it should be fairly easy. I think 0.32 came with sgdisk. So all you would need to run is: [code]sgdisk -Z /dev/sda[/code]

    That should erase all the partitions on the drive.

    I typically run a [code]dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda[/code] just to ensure there’s not traces left over.

    The issue of them still rebooting and going back into debug (download/upload) means that while the task no longer exists, it wasn’t able to remove the PXE file from /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/

    Log into your FOG Server and go to the /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg directory.

    Remove the 01-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX file where the X’s represent the mac address of the system you had set the task up for.

    Hopefully this all helps.

  • Thank you for your reply!

    I have Fog 0.32

    The partition table is GPT.

    Although I cancelled the active task within Fog, I can’t keep my host from starting in debug mode.

    Please let me know if there’s any additional information I can provide.

  • I’m no savant either 😉

    However, can you check your partitioning layout within one of the debug modes?

    What version of fog are you using?

    My belief is that your hdd is partitioned in GUID (GPT) format and that has posed some problems lately.