On Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 17:22, Dustin Eward <emptythemagaz...@gmail.com> wrote:
> It is a Phoenix BIOS, which I see no modification method for in the wiki.
> It's a Dell e521 machine, which is deceptively not Dell-ified. They even

Dell Dimension E521?  On the US support site, I see 1.1.11 (released
on 2007-09-04) is the latest.  I don't see anything in the notes for
this machine but sometimes they update the PXE code without any notes.

> left the "Phoenix BIOS" boot-up identifier. It shows for only a split
> second, but I could probably figure out the REAL motherboard MFR and
> part/model number if I rebooted a lot...  I'll have to get back to you
> because I can't do that right this moment.

I've seen a few systems in the last 2+ years that do this (showing
signs of the underlying BIOS) but not many.

> I should add, by 'works flawlessly," I mean it identifies the NIC and pulls
> DHCP.  The rest, well....
> I've got a few PCI and a PCIe Ethernet Adapters on the way... 2 are Intel,
> one is a super cheap generic. I was trying to avoid spending $85 just to
> experiment, but I got impatient.

>From what I've seen, I have the impression that Intel has generally
been very good for both PXE and Linux.

> On Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 6:47 AM, Gene Cumm <gene.c...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 2, 2010 at 22:59, Dustin Eward <emptythemagaz...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > I have the following device embedded in my motherboard.
>> >
>> > BCM4401-B0
>> > 14e4:170c
>> > The currently installed Broadcom Proprietary PXE attempts DHCP, but
>> > always
>> > times out. The gPXE, when using the 'all drivers' image, works
>> > flawlessly.
>> > If only I could flash 600K+ to EEPROM.....
>> I haven't had personal experience with this particular LoM (LAN on
>> Motherboard) but all of the LoMs I've dealt with are given an option
>> ROM by the BIOS.  Upgrading the BIOS may update the Broadcom PXE code.
>> I've also seen where connecting to a manage switch with STP enabled
>> but not set to a quick mode like rSTP or portfast causes timeouts.
>> For reference, could you provide all of the versioning information for
>> the PXE code used by the LoM, the make/model and BIOS version of the
>> machine?

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