Intel UNDI Stuck Initializing



  • We are having issues with a set of brand new Lenovo Thinkpad 11e’s that will not network boot. We have tried all of the .pxe’s and none of them work. We also tried the chain loading method into pxelinux and failed. We are at a loss. Is this a kernal issue or a ipxe issue? Do we need to look at creating a custom .pxe for these machines?


  • Moderator

    @SeqSupportEdkey please see @brianjones2007 's request.

    Brian, you might want to head over to iPXE and look for a guy named Micheal Brown… Or you could further elaborate your problem here and we will do our best to assist. It may be something that we know the solution to… sometimes it works that way.



  • Experiencing the exact same issue with the same device, can you point me to the solution at iPXE or detail what to change inside the fog configuration?



  • Issue has been fixed by Micheal Brown over at iPxe. The realtek driver will work for now until we can get the undionly issue sorted too.


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    [quote=“SeqSupport@Edkey, post: 45583, member: 27616”]Spoke to my boss and we are already using PortFast.

    EDIT: And I am performing this on a portable fog server connected straight to the laptop that needs to be imaged to eliminate any of these networking issues.[/quote]

    Gotta love crossover cables. :-)



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 45581, member: 7271”]Do you have Spanning Tree Protocol on your network? If so, can you disable it? If you can’t disable it, could you try enabling PortFast/Rapid STP?[/quote]

    Spoke to my boss and we are already using PortFast.

    EDIT: And I am performing this on a portable fog server connected straight to the laptop that needs to be imaged to eliminate any of these networking issues.


  • Senior Developer

    Do you have Spanning Tree Protocol on your network? If so, can you disable it? If you can’t disable it, could you try enabling PortFast/Rapid STP?



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 45578, member: 7271”]Well,

    I’m more interested in how you’re trying to boot. It seems, to me, that you’re trying to boot using efi, but the nic is trying to load through legacy. Does this sound about correct?[/quote]

    I have tried loading both ways. Legacy and Uefi using a .efi and same issue with the configuring net0 then times out. I would prefer to do legacy because we have over 200 of these that need to be imaged.


  • Senior Developer

    Well,

    I’m more interested in how you’re trying to boot. It seems, to me, that you’re trying to boot using efi, but the nic is trying to load through legacy. Does this sound about correct?



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 45576, member: 7271”]Ah,

    Then if you can change back the file to make the mac0’s proper again, we know then that that is not the issue.[/quote]

    So why would gPXE work and iPXE not? Are we looking at a source code issue with the realtek driver?


  • Senior Developer

    Ah,

    Then if you can change back the file to make the mac0’s proper again, we know then that that is not the issue.



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 45568, member: 7271”]/var/www/fog/service/ipxe/boot.php[/quote]

    Same thing Configuring net0 fails and reboots. And the reason it shows as Quanta is because Realtek uses Quanta for their ODM mfg.


  • Senior Developer

    /var/www/fog/service/ipxe/boot.php



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 45560, member: 7271”]That leads me to think, then, that the wireless nic on the system is trying to load with an ip and failing because there’s nothing to connect to. Would you be so willing to change the boot.php lines and reverse mac0 and mac1 in the code?[/quote]

    And where is the file located? I cannot find it on the fog machine nor in the iPxe source.


  • Senior Developer

    That leads me to think, then, that the wireless nic on the system is trying to load with an ip and failing because there’s nothing to connect to. Would you be so willing to change the boot.php lines and reverse mac0 and mac1 in the code?



  • [quote=“Uncle Frank, post: 45539, member: 28116”]Hmmm, seems like you end up with a (ipxe) shell. Could you please try again and enter the following command on that shell:
    [CODE]ifstat[/CODE]
    For more information see here: [url]http://ipxe.org/cmd/ifstat[/url]

    I am wondering if you see “RX:0” or “RX:4” …?? If you see zero it means that it was unable to receive the DHCP answers (although we see that they are on the network).

    Next step could be to build iPXE with realtek driver only:
    [CODE]make bin/realtek.kpxe EMBED=… DEBUG=realtek:3[/CODE]

    For further posts please specify what ipxe binary you were exactly using, to prevent that we all get confused when re-reading the thread…

    [B]Edit: I just tried to lookup your MAC address. [URL=‘http://www.macvendorlookup.com’]www.macvendorlookup.com[/URL] is telling me that it is “QUANTA COMPUTER INC.”. Maybe I am wrong with realtek NIC?? Could you please boot that machine with a live CD or something else and tell me which NIC is in that 11e. Best would be if you can find out about the PCI ID!![/B][/quote]

    [SIZE=16px][FONT=Calibri][COLOR=#000000]03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 10)[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [FONT=Calibri][COLOR=#000000][SIZE=16px]With a debug it does not get past initializing device. I was able to get dhcp to work with the device by using gPXE which is odd because it is discontinued.[/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT]


  • Developer

    Hmmm, seems like you end up with a (ipxe) shell. Could you please try again and enter the following command on that shell:
    [CODE]ifstat[/CODE]
    For more information see here: [url]http://ipxe.org/cmd/ifstat[/url]

    I am wondering if you see “RX:0” or “RX:4” …?? If you see zero it means that it was unable to receive the DHCP answers (although we see that they are on the network).

    Next step could be to build iPXE with realtek driver only:
    [CODE]make bin/realtek.kpxe EMBED=… DEBUG=realtek:3[/CODE]

    For further posts please specify what ipxe binary you were exactly using, to prevent that we all get confused when re-reading the thread…

    [B]Edit: I just tried to lookup your MAC address. [url=“http://www.macvendorlookup.com”]www.macvendorlookup.com[/url] is telling me that it is “QUANTA COMPUTER INC.”. Maybe I am wrong with realtek NIC?? Could you please boot that machine with a live CD or something else and tell me which NIC is in that 11e. Best would be if you can find out about the PCI ID!![/B]



  • [quote=“Uncle Frank, post: 45479, member: 28116”]Unfortunately I am not able to see what’s going on by looking at the packet dump. I see a full DHCP conversation (discover, offer, request, ack). That’s probably when the NIC itself requests and IP (and PXE) on boot up. After that I can see another DHCP discover and offer. But the client does not seem to handle the offer coming from the DHCP server. Anyone else got an idea what might be wrong here?

    Could you please build your own iPXE binary and add “DEBUG=dhcp” to the make call?? Might be interesting to see the output. Please take a picture![/quote]

    [ATTACH=full]1870[/ATTACH]

    [url="/_imported_xf_attachments/1/1870_Debug.jpg?:"]Debug.jpg[/url]


  • Developer

    Unfortunately I am not able to see what’s going on by looking at the packet dump. I see a full DHCP conversation (discover, offer, request, ack). That’s probably when the NIC itself requests and IP (and PXE) on boot up. After that I can see another DHCP discover and offer. But the client does not seem to handle the offer coming from the DHCP server. Anyone else got an idea what might be wrong here?

    Could you please build your own iPXE binary and add “DEBUG=dhcp” to the make call?? Might be interesting to see the output. Please take a picture!



  • Here is the wireshark capture.

    [url="/_imported_xf_attachments/1/1868_Wireshark Capture.zip?:"]Wireshark Capture.zip[/url]


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