Stuck at bg.png / Issues with Lenovo X1 Carbon (6th gen) & Lenovo Onelink+ dock (RTL8135 USB)



  • I have been trying to image a new Lenovo X1 Carbon (6th gen) using the Lenovo Onelink+ dock (as well as a Lenovo USB 3.0 eth adapter) and have not been able to get past initial loading; Adapter is Realtek RTL8135 USB.

    Initially my DHCP option was set to undionly.kpxe and I was stuck and initializing devices, so a little searching led to switching to undionly.kkpxe which got me past that problem. The next issue was I was getting stuck at http://<ip>/fog/service/ipxe/boot.php (note that the tftp of default.ipxe prior to the http was “ok”) at 90%. After some more searching I found something that noted to turn off the ipxe menu options for hide and hide menu, I only had hide menu and advanced menu login enabled so I disabled both. With those disabled, I now got past boot.php stuck at 90% and get stuck at http://<ip>/fog/service/ipxe/bg.png at 12%.

    My setup works with varying other systems through a wide range of dated hardware without issues, this is the only device giving me a boot problem.

    I am running:
    Debian 7
    FOG version 1.3.0-RC-5 (git) / SVN Revision: 5943
    bzImage version: 4.6.4
    bzImage32 version: 4.6.4

    I have tried all the different kernel variants to no avail, undionly.kkpxe gets the furthest, any advice is greatly appreciated.


  • Moderator

    @Shadow00Caster Any news on this?


  • Developer

    @Shadow00Caster You might want to try changing the device to UEFI and see if ipxe.efi works for you? But possibly it does not even netboot in UEFI mode?!?!



  • Boy does this thread sound familiar 8)


  • Moderator

    @Shadow00Caster That is what we saw in the other thread. The download issue just moved to the next item downloaded.

    How many of these systems do you need to image? I have a way to boot the FOS engine via usb and bypass all of the iPXE logic.



  • @Sebastian-Roth @george1421
    I commented out the line and was able to get to the boot menu, as soon as I hit perform full registration its just a black screen with bzImage… 0% at the bottom.

    @Wayne-Workman
    I tried a few of the different ROMs, mostly to the same conclusion :/.
    Output of ls:
    root@fog:~# ls -lat /var/www/fog/service/ipxe/
    total 48684
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 fog www-data 6995328 Aug 2 13:56 bzImage32
    -rwxr-xr-x 1 fog www-data 7097776 Aug 2 13:56 bzImage
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 16501540 Aug 2 13:56 init_32.xz
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 18507592 Aug 2 13:56 init.xz
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 1221 Aug 2 13:55 advanced.php
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 21280 Aug 2 13:55 bg.png
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 719 Aug 2 13:55 boot.php
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 234697 Aug 2 13:55 grub.exe
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 25340 Aug 2 13:55 memdisk
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 1839104 Aug 2 13:55 memtest.bin
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 20958 Aug 2 13:55 refind.conf
    -rw-r–r-- 1 fog www-data 205192 Aug 2 13:55 refind.efi
    drwxr-xr-x 3 fog www-data 4096 Aug 2 13:55 .
    drwxr-xr-x 3 www-data www-data 4096 Aug 2 13:55 …
    drwxr-xr-x 2 fog www-data 4096 Aug 2 13:55 old

    At this point I think I am just going to old school this thing since it’s the only instance of this particular machine and every other machine that I image regularly has no issues.


  • Developer

    From what I see in the picture it is not trying to load the kernel but still hanging on the image. As the setting was blanked in the web gui it just says http://10.1.1.254/fog/service/ipxe/ without any filename in the end. So blanking the setting has not helped. As George said you can go ahead and edit PHP files to comment out that console ... line. /var/www/html/fog/lib/fog/bootmenu.class.php (line 873).


  • Moderator

    @Wayne-Workman said in Stuck at bg.png / Issues with Lenovo X1 Carbon (6th gen) & Lenovo Onelink+ dock (RTL8135 USB):

    @Shadow00Caster It’s dying while trying to download the kernel and init from the server.

    We had another poster a while ago with the same exact issue. During debugging we commented out the bg.png file and the issue moved to the next file that got downloaded. I can’t seem to find that in the forum yesterday on how we solved that issue. I was thinking that at that time the OP was using dnsmasq and somehow was pulling and old iPXE kernel.


  • Moderator

    @Shadow00Caster Also please provide the output of this:
    ls -lat /var/www/html/fog/service/ipxe


  • Moderator

    @Shadow00Caster It’s dying while trying to download the kernel and init from the server.

    I keep thinking this is some sort of memory issue on the device, I’ve been thinking that the whole time through this thread. Like it just can’t handle the files with this boot ROM you’re using.

    I’d suggest trying other boot ROMs. You have it in BIOS mode, so you have a lot of solid ones to try. Basically you can try any file inside /tftpboot that doesn’t end with .efi and isn’t default.ipxe Just go through all of them, one by one. Make sure you completely turn off the device between each try.



  • @Wayne-Workman
    Image: http://i.imgur.com/ipu55xH.jpg

    Output from boot.php in browser:

    #!ipxe
    set fog-ip 10.1.1.254
    set fog-webroot fog
    set boot-url http://${fog-ip}/${fog-webroot}
    cpuid --ext 29 && set arch x86_64 || set arch i386
    goto get_console
    :console_set
    colour --rgb 0x00567a 1 ||
    colour --rgb 0x00567a 2 ||
    colour --rgb 0x00567a 4 ||
    cpair --foreground 7 --background 2 2 ||
    goto MENU
    :alt_console
    cpair --background 0 1 ||
    cpair --background 1 2 ||
    goto MENU
    :get_console
    console --picture http://10.1.1.254/fog/service/ipxe/ --left 100 --right 80 && goto console_set || goto alt_console
    :MENU
    menu
    colour --rgb 0xff0000 0 ||
    cpair --foreground 1 1 ||
    cpair --foreground 0 3 ||
    cpair --foreground 4 4 ||
    item --gap Host is NOT registered!
    item --gap – -------------------------------------
    item fog.local Boot from hard disk
    item fog.memtest Run Memtest86+
    item fog.reginput Perform Full Host Registration and Inventory
    item fog.reg Quick Registration and Inventory
    item fog.deployimage Deploy Image
    item fog.multijoin Join Multicast Session
    item fog.sysinfo Client System Information (Compatibility)
    choose --default fog.local --timeout 5000 target && goto ${target}
    :fog.local
    sanboot --no-describe --drive 0x80 || goto MENU
    kernel bzImage32 loglevel=4 initrd=init_32.xz root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 web=10.1.1.254/fog/ consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 loglevel=4
    imgfetch init_32.xz
    boot || goto MENU
    :fog.memtest
    kernel memdisk iso raw
    initrd memtest.bin
    boot || goto MENU
    kernel bzImage32 loglevel=4 initrd=init_32.xz root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 web=10.1.1.254/fog/ consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 loglevel=4
    imgfetch init_32.xz
    boot || goto MENU
    :fog.reginput
    kernel bzImage32 loglevel=4 initrd=init_32.xz root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 web=10.1.1.254/fog/ consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 loglevel=4 mode=manreg
    imgfetch init_32.xz
    boot || goto MENU
    :fog.reg
    kernel bzImage32 loglevel=4 initrd=init_32.xz root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 web=10.1.1.254/fog/ consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 loglevel=4 mode=autoreg
    imgfetch init_32.xz
    boot || goto MENU
    :fog.deployimage
    login
    params
    param mac0 ${net0/mac}
    param arch ${arch}
    param username ${username}
    param password ${password}
    param qihost 1
    isset ${net1/mac} && param mac1 ${net1/mac} || goto bootme
    isset ${net2/mac} && param mac2 ${net2/mac} || goto bootme
    :fog.multijoin
    login
    params
    param mac0 ${net0/mac}
    param arch ${arch}
    param username ${username}
    param password ${password}
    param sessionJoin 1
    isset ${net1/mac} && param mac1 ${net1/mac} || goto bootme
    isset ${net2/mac} && param mac2 ${net2/mac} || goto bootme
    :fog.sysinfo
    kernel bzImage32 loglevel=4 initrd=init_32.xz root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size=127000 web=10.1.1.254/fog/ consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 loglevel=4 mode=sysinfo
    imgfetch init_32.xz
    boot || goto MENU
    :bootme
    chain -ar http://10.1.1.254/fog/service/ipxe/boot.php##params ||
    goto MENU
    autoboot


  • Moderator

    @Shadow00Caster Just problem after problem… man.

    You are most likely going to run into one that we can’t just throw out.

    Can you please provide a photo of where it’s hanging now?



  • @george1421 It’s set in legacy buis mode, uefi is “disabled”, secure boot is disabled, os defaults is disabled.
    @Wayne-Workman I remove the bg.png file as suggested, however now after the boot.php… ok, it’s stuck at /fog/service/ipxe/… 80%


  • Moderator

    As Sebastian said, these setup a trouble from the moment that you power on the device.

    There are a few things you didn’t post in your OP. These Lenovo carbon units, are then in uefi or bios mode?

    Lets first identify the mode this device is booting in, that will dictate which ipxe boot kernel you can use. I could read more into your OP, but lets start with the facts.


  • Developer

    @Shadow00Caster Sorry to say this but I think those USB NIC adapters (not just the Realtek RTL8135) are mostly all a nightmare! The iPXE project is doing an awesome job trying to add drivers for those USB NICs but it’s just hell.

    In this case we can just try to navigate around this I am afraid. As Wayne said try blanking out the background file setting. I am not exactly sure how this behaves in RC5 version but give it a go!


  • Moderator

    remove the background setting, I guess. See if that helps.

    Web interface -> FOG Configuration -> iPXE Boot Menu -> Menu Background File

    Just blank out the value and try that. You won’t have the pretty background picture, but I suppose that comes second to imaging.


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