As I am new to this list, I would like to welcome everybody. Please excuse me a newbie question, but I have some problems and maybe on of you can help me. I have an old Hewlett-Packard 4100Dx workstation, which is really nice small computer, 486DX4/100 with 12 MB RAM. It is _workstation_ computer, so it has no harddisk and hardly a possibility to connect any (let's say - no possibility). It also has no floppy drive. Just a built-in network card with many different booting options. One of them is BOOTP. My plan was to convert this HP into nice Windows 95 machine running booting diskless from BOOTP server. I have linux machine (Debian potato) so I installed BOOTP server on it, also TFTP server. I configured BOOTP so it should recognize the HP. It does! When I boot HP now, it get its IP address from server and then download a file through TFTP. Unfortunatelly, when the file is donloaded, it hangs saying " received ... Kbytes, sorted .... Kbytes, invoked primary bootstrap". The image file it is downloading I prepared with MKNBI-DOS utility from the NetBoot package. I copied some files (io.sys, msdos.sys, command.com) from Windows system floppy to a directory and made a file of them with mknbi-dos (I couldn't do it directly from /dev/fd0 as mknbi was saying it was not DOS floppy, although it was). But I think that something is not good with this image, as HP hangs after downloading it? Next (the main) question is - even if HP somehow unpacks the imagefile into ramdisk and boots in DOS mode, how can I make Windows 9x running? Of course all the file should be on linux server, but how HP will connect to it? Some network software is necessary, but it should be small enough to fir into RAMdisk. I thought about SMB client, but I think it is somewhere "deeper" in Windows, so Windows should be somehow running before trying to use it. Does anybody have any idea how to deal with it? If anyone has any kind of expierence with booting diskless PC. I would be very grateful for any suggestions. Thanks in advance. BTW - what is really a differce between "Netboot" and "Etherboot" software and which one shall I better use for my purpose? Krzysztof Wychowalek ICQ# 34184303 GSM +31626302216 PGP Key ID 0xEA9D2A3C =========================================================================== This Mail was sent to netboot mailing list by: "Krzysztof A. Wychowalek" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To get help about this list, send a mail with 'help' as the only string in it's body to email@example.com. If you have problems with this list, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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