PXE boot issue with Dell PowerEdge R200 Server



  • Hi all,

    I’m having an issue booting with PXe on our R200 servers; it boots the ipxe image and fails with an I/O error. I’m guessing it is similar to this issue reported with an earlier version of FOG (mentioned in the wiki):

    http://www.fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/Dell_PowerEdge_R200

    However, the version of FOG I’m using (1.2.0 on Debian 7.6) doesn’t have the same directory structure or an init.gz that I can find. Any ideas on how I can get these systems to boot? We have FOG imaging working with other Dell Servers, HP Servers, and a variety of workstations, but these R200’s are bit older.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide!

    Cheers,
    Dave.



  • That’s ok, I was just wondering if the issue was in the NIC firmware having a problem loading the png file. Is there an easy way for me to pretty up the menu to a simple white text on black background? I haven’t worked with php before, but thought I’d ask before researching the ‘colour’ and ‘cpair’ parameters of the print statements.


  • Senior Developer

    It’s possible but I don’t know for sure sorry.



  • Hi Tom,

    Do you think if I upgrade the NIC firmware in these servers, it would work without commenting out the line?

    Thanks,
    Dave.



  • Hi Tom,

    Well, that worked and the image is being uploaded as I type. The menu looks kinda funky, but that’s a minor issue as long as it uploads/downloads properly. Thanks for your help!

    Cheers,
    Dave.


  • Senior Developer

    Open the /var/www/fog/lib/fog/BootMenu.class.php and look console --picture line. Put two forward slashes ( // ) in front of that line.



  • Hi Tom,

    Here’s the screen cap of the issue and the corresponding ipxe.org web page referenced. Please let me know if you need any additional info, and I appreciate your time in helping me out!

    IMG_20140730_064037.jpgCapture.JPG



  • Hi Tom,

    I’ll try to get a shot with my cell phone since it’s during the boot process. Thanks!

    Cheers,
    Dave.


  • Senior Developer

    Can you possibly get a screen shot of the error you’re seeing? Is it referencing Console input/output?


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