On 1/19/2000 12:03 PM email@example.com Dr John King wrote: >I have a working diskless setup using Mandrake 6.1 as a basis. ... >I have successfully compiled a number of new kernels both from stable and >development sources. However, they all suffer from the same problem - >during boot they complain that the checksum of the network card's EEPROM is >wrong, quoting a MAC address of 00 00 00 00 00 00 (...however many 00s). Sounds like the kernel has an outdated driver for the Ethernet card you are using. What kind of card is it exactly? If Etherboot can detect it and get its MAC address, then the kernel should be able to as well. If this is a tulip clone card, for example, make sure the version of the kernel driver (/usr/src/linux/drivers/net/tulip.c) is .91g or better. I had to do this. Without knowing the card, it's hard to be more specific... >At that point it can't start bootp so the whole thing falls over. I have a >working kernel, which does recognise the MAC address correctly, so what can >have gone wrong here? Could it be to do with upgrading some library >somewhere, or is it to do with a setting in the .config? I'm stumped. What kind of machine (processor-type, speed, bus) are you running? The Mandrake distribution is more particular than some in what it will support in terms of hardware. Nothing short of a Pentium/K6 will do, if I remember correctly. I use Red Hat mostly. You might consider downloaded a kernel source RPM from ftp://ftp.redhat.com/ and seeing if that builds better. (or check out http://www.cheapbytes.com/ where you can get Red Hat 6.1 for 3.49$US :-) (I can build a kernel to your specifications for testing, if you wish). >(as a corollary, does anyone know why mandrake source kernels won't boot >with loadlin?) I don't know, but it might be worth sending mail to (or perusing the archives of) the Mandrake support list about this. I'm sure you're not the first person to have this problem. Hope this is helpful, Regards, Marty --- Name: Martin D. Connor US Mail: Entity Cyber, Inc.; P.O. Box 391827; Cambridge, MA 02139; USA Voice: (617) 491-6935, Fax: (617) 491-7046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.thinguin.org/ =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: Marty Connor <email@example.com> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to email@example.com.
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