[Debian-eeepc-devel] Anyone used PXE network boot on 901?

Glenn Saberton gsaberton at foomagic.org
Wed Aug 20 04:39:12 UTC 2008

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Phil Endecott wrote:
> Phil Endecott wrote:
>> I've always used PXE network booting to start the Debian installer, 
>> rather than a CD or USB flash drive.  I find this method quick and 
>> easy, but since this wasn't mentioned as an option on the Debian Eee 
>> wiki I had guessed that it wasn't possible on the Eee.  However, my 901 
>> definitely has PXE as an option (once you have found the right BIOS 
>> settings) and it has just booted into an old Debian installer it found 
>> on my tftp server (predictably, it gets as far as "no ethernet card was detected").
> A progress update:  I'm using the latest PXE netboot debian installer, 
> which runs on the Eee but unsurprisingly doesn't contain the necessary 
> ethernet kernel modules.  But I happen to have a USB ethernet device 
> for which it does have the modules.  So, I set up the BIOS for network 
> booting, it loads over the built in ethernet, and I then swap the 
> network cable over to the USB adaptor and it installs debian using 
> that.  So I now have a basically functional system.
> Next to get the built-in wired ethernet working.  There are some notes 
> in the Wiki from IsaacTo who points to 
> http://kunin.wordpress.com/2008/07/05/asus-eee-pc-901/; that page tells 
> me to go to 
> http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?product=1&SLanguage=us-en&type=map&model=P5KPL-CM 
> to get a driver for the wired ethernet from ASUS.  When I click on that 
> link I get a page that's not related to the Eee, but if I click on 
> "Drivers" there is something described as "Supported Linux Drivers"; I 
> download a the zip, inside which there's something called 
> l1e-l2e-linux-v1.0.0.4.rar which looks good.  But unrar-free fails to 
> unpack it.  Luckily, wobzip.org can convert it to a .zip for me.  Then 
> I install linux-headers (and a compiler etc) and I can compile and 
> install it (using KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 and ignoring the warnings).  It 
> then almost works, but I have to clean out 
> /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net so that it is eth0 not eth1.
> Now I just have to work out all the things that you've put in the 
> custom installer that I've missed, and to get the wifi working.
> Cheers,  Phil.
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	D-I recently released the 26 di-kernel images. Possibly the lenny
dailies are already using this kernel, which should support the 901
ethernet card (2.6.26 has atl1e support in debian kernels) Otherwise you
could install the 2.6.26 kernel from unstable. There are some acpi
issues at least with 701's and 26, but there are some workarounds. It
doesn't appear as though the 901 is affected by these? The debian-eeepc
wiki has some information on where to get wifi and other things too.


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