Subject: Re: Netbooting a G3 minitower
To: Mark Wagner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John <email@example.com>
Date: 02/05/2006 20:35:39
I was able to net boot a G3 minitower last year with my linux machine as
the boot server. This was back in the 1.6.2 days. I just followed the
on-line instructions and it worked like a charm. I'll see how I did it
before maybe sometime this week.
On Thu, 2 Feb 2006, Mark Wagner wrote:
> So, did my email not go through, or does nobody know how to solve the problem?
> On 1/30/06, Mark Wagner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> It doesn't work.
>> Ok, I suppose I should provide a bit more detail than that. I've
>> recently acquired a secondhand beige G3, and I'm working on turning it
>> into a fileserver/application server for my home network. Right now,
>> I'm trying to follow the netboot directions at
>> http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/network/netboot/, and I've reached
>> the step of setting up the BOOTP server. I'm using an existing Linux
>> box as the server for this.
>> Gentoo Linux offers two options for a bootp server: the Netkit bootp
>> server which is badly underdocumented, and the ISC dhcp server, which
>> has very little documentation on using it as a bootp server. Neither
>> of them appears to support the "/etc/bootptab" file mentioned in the
>> netboot documentation, and the documentation doesn't mention what the
>> various parameters mean, so I've had to guess about translating them
>> into a format that the ISC server understands. It appears I got
>> things wrong:
>> Entering "boot enet:,ofwboot.xcf" into OpenFirmware gives an error of:
>> BOOTP failed
>> can't OPEN: enet:,ofwboot.xcf
>> The bootp server on my Linux box prints
>> BOOTREQUEST from 00:05:02:fe:25:7e via eth0
>> BOOTREPLY for 192.168.0.7 to macintosh (00:05:02:fe:25:7e) via eth0
>> ten times.
>> Any suggestions?
>> For future reference:
>> The mainboard battery appears to be dead. Will this affect my ability
>> to use the computer with NetBSD, or can I simply set up NTP to keep
>> the clock correct, and forget about it? If not, where can I get a
>> replacement battery?
>> The computer has an ATTO ExpressPCI PSC SCSI card connected to two
>> hard drives. Is this card supported under NetBSD? If not, what's a
>> good, inexpensive replacement?
>> Mark Wagner