Dell Optiplex 330 PXE Graphics corruption



  • Hi guys,

    I’ve got a Dell Optiplex 330’s that I am trying to upload an image from. The PXE process takes place, I get some kernel warnings that I always get on just about machine, stuff like, "http://www.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/ProblematicDevices But I’m hopeful that I can find a workaround as I have several Optiplex machines I need to deploy images to. Anyone know how I can figure out what’s wrong? Are there any logs I can take a look at on the fog server?



  • Excellent! Haha that’s a great solution. Thank you very much.

    The error was because I had the image set to single partition, when there were two partitions on disk. The first partition was a Dell recovery partition.

    For the interested, I recorded a video of the original graphics problem: [media=youtube]KQtLIqUWeQk[/media]


  • Senior Developer

    When the screen goes all wonky, it’s not really at the kernel layer, its one of the video drivers. It tries to perform modesetting which screws up somewhere in the process. The kernel is usually still operating perfectly fine, just you can’t see it. My kernels have removed all of the video drivers so this doesn’t happen.



  • Cool beans. Using your kernel, the screen didn’t go all wonky and now I’m able to read the errors!

    Could you tell me about your kernel? I’m wondering what the differences are that makes it work with the optiplex 330.


  • Senior Developer

    Try my kernel.

    https://mastacontrola.com/fogboot/kernel/bzImage32

    Save it on your fog server as /tftpboot/fog/kernel/bzImage


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