I have a few laptops that I wanted to use with Unattended and RIS. Unfortunately, 
these laptops were not capable of PXE network boot.  Luckily, I came across a PXE on 
Disk for USB adapters sold by Argon Technology (http://www.argontechnology.com).  PXE 
on Disk is similar to RIS RBFG boot floppy which intimates the behavior of PXE Boot 
ROM. 

To make a long story short, I purchased the PXE on Disk/USB adapter/RIS Menu Editor 
from Argon Technology for $99.  Now I can perform PXE-based Windows 2K/XP OS 
deployment using my USB adapter.  Works well with both RIS and Unattend/Linux. One 
caveat though, you won't get more than 11Mbs throughput because of the limitation of 
the USB 1.1 design. On the upside, the small form factor and portability of the USB 
NIC and PXE on Floppy allows me to easily start an Unattended installation on any 
desktop or laptop.  As long as there's a USB port available I'm good to go!

You find out more at the URL below
http://www.argontechnology.com/news/080403.shtml



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--------- Original Message ---------

DATE: Sat, 5 Jul 2003 14:21:48 
From: Soeren Kuklau <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Cc: 

>Hi again,
>
>those 16 laptops we've received have both 10/100 ethernet as well as 
>wireless LAN (802.11b). Unfortunately, their documentation does not 
>make it clear what kind of chips are being used. None of the currently 
>available drivers on the unattended CD work for either chip.
>
>( The ethernet chip appears to be an SiS 900; untested driver available 
>here: <http://www.pcwave.com/driver.html> )
>
>All I could find out about the WLAN chip was that its apparent vendor 
>"Broadcom". Neither does Broadcom offer drivers for their WLAN chips 
>(only for ethernet NICs), nor do they list MAXDATA (the laptop vendor; 
>or any other German company, for that matter) as one of their OEMs.
>
>I've also tried to find similar WLAN chip DOS drivers. All I found was 
>an MS-DOS exe program which, according to its readme, would contact an 
>access point to test the connection. Do such drivers exist at all, or 
>are we limited to ethernet?
>
>-- 
>Sören 'Chucker' Kuklau
><http://www.chucker.rasdi.net/>
>
>
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