Realtek 8168 NIC issue with PXE bootmenu



  • I am currently busy to set up a fog server in a classroom at a school as a final study project. After testing with different machines the conclusion is that it works on every client, except for the Dell optiplex 3010. After a little search we concluded that the NIC is unsupportive.
    EDIT1: It gets the 0x040ee119 error which i believe it is the timeout because the network card could not be found. I have posted the image.

    After 3 weeks of trial and error I am at my limit of possibilities and asking now for help.

    The following systems has been used:

    • Server is a dell optiplex 3010 with ubuntu Desktop.
      – Fogserver 1.2.0
    • clients are Dell optiplex 3010 with realtek r8168.
    • Test DHCP server: Cisco 3750 with DHCP enabled and configured rules 66/67

    followed instruction sets.

    • Tried to add the r8168 driver into a linux kernel by adding into the /usr/src 3.13.0 kernel and changed the Kconfig and makefile. (well, it is the first try)
    • Tried to add it into the new 3.17.3 kernel and make an image. I got the driver into the xconfig list, but the bzImage build was corrupted/didn’t work. I was close.
    • Build a whole new server on the CentOS platform. Issue isn’t a distro, but a kernel, so that was useless)
    • http://fogproject.org/wiki/index.php?title=Building_a_Custom_Kernel (problem is the network driver isn’t listed)
    • Tried again to make an bzImage with the latest LTS driver 3.14.25. (still working on this one)
    • http://fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/FAQ (errr, this isn’t gonna work, server crash, won’t come back up)

    Not yet done. Think this is not the issu.

    I am just starting with linux and I am out of options. Does someone have any options left?

    VIDEO0012_0000008599.jpg



  • It took a while to get everything straight.
    The server is up and running with the 1312 revision of undionly.kpxe
    Each dell has to enable Wake on LAN /w PXE and [B]disable deep sleep mode.[/B]
    With this settings the setup works for me with the standard configuration.

    My project is tested and approved today, so thanks again for the help.

    Jeroen v. W.
    Wallioo


  • Developer

    @Wallioo, post: 39419, member: 27278 said:

    wake on lan does not work on the Dell 3010…
    I have checked the bios setup, and wake on lan is enabled with PXE.

    you may have to check your power management settings
    from dell:

    Wake from hard shutdown (S5) and hibernate (S4) does not work any more. This is by-design Windows behavior.
    This change is due to Microsoft design changes in Windows 7 & Windows 8
    For optimal Wake-On-LAN operation, power management setting should not go below Sleep (S3)
    


  • We have tried the 1312 version of undionly.kpxe again and it seems to be working.
    We will update the latest news monday.

    Thank you, Tom and Wolfbane for the help.



  • We have succes with :
    wget -O /tftpboot/undionly.kpxe https://sourceforge.net/p/freeghost/code/1312/tree/trunk/packages/tftp/undionly.kpxe?format=raw
    We can register the client to Fog. Deploy and upload works fine, but the wake on lan does not work on the Dell 3010…
    I have checked the bios setup, and wake on lan is enabled with PXE.

    Edit: Wrong link!

    WOL works on the HP machine, but not on the Dell 3010 .


  • Developer

    At time index 1:20 you get the wonderful error code!

    Error 0x040ee119

    Read thru the last few pages. This is most likely due to something not right in your environment.
    http://fogproject.org/forum/threads/040ee119-error-on-boot.10493/#post-27304

    Also check your network switches.
    http://fogproject.org/wiki/index.php/IPXE



  • I have a public link of the video now.
    It is 120MB. forgot to change the settings in a hurry

    Here is the link
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46973651/Starting_client.mp4
    Here is a Wetransfer link
    http://we.tl/6u2tLwrHRb


  • Senior Developer

    On the system that’s giving you the problem, can you take a video of the issue and post it?



  • I have done the option you gave me, but to no avail.
    I still get the same error.

    what I have done is:

    • downloaded tftpboot dir from svn
    • copied the svn dir to the tftpboot.
    • try to reboot Dell and HP clients. (HP works, Dell doesn’t)
    • Restart service tftpd-hpa
    • try to reboot Dell and HP clients. Same result.


  • I have got a link from 2012 that has a similar problem: http://fogproject.org/forum/threads/dell-3010-not-compatible.3334/

    EDIT: I will try the option


  • Senior Developer

    Do me a favor and try the ipxe files from trunk.

    To do so open a terminal and become root (whether directly or through sudo.)

    Run:

    svn co https://svn.code.sf.net/p/freeghost/code/trunk/packages/tftp svntftpboot
    cp -Rf svntftpboot/* /tftpboot/
    

    Maybe this will help?



  • I am failing to get to the FOG menu. The image I attached is the step I get when it tries to get the menu.


  • Senior Developer

    All of the kernels I’ve been building have support for the Realtek 816* series drivers.

    I believe the default is labeled as 8169 usually. But they are supported.

    What are the specifics that is giving issues? You’ve attempting running as a Debug task?

    Or you’re never actually getting that far and failing to get to the FOG Menu at all?


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