S30 headaches

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    Avatarsbush
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    Thanks for maintaining the site. Lots of good stuff! I am home brewing a thin client setup for a, uh, fun home project.

    I am trying to reimage a used S30. I have managed to get into the BIOS to load defaults and set the boot order to PXE>USB>IDE. The PXE rom runs, and Wireshark shows the S30 issuing a DHCP Discover. The DHCP server replies with a DHCP Offer, but it is as if the S30 doesn’t hear it. It spits out three more Discovers and ignores the three following offers.

    I know the nic is ok because once the os is loaded, an application ‘billgPC’ starts and can request and get an ip address via bootp.

    WSI won’t work, I suspect because the PXE rom won’t even get an address, much less issue (T)FTP traffic.

    Is there a trick to setting up DHCP for thin clients? A special port or required options? I have tried vanilla setups of both Turbo DHCP and ISC DHCP with the same results. Or is there a BIOS setting that I can’t see or reset?

    As an alternative, is it possible to reimage from a bootable USB stick?

    Thanks!
    Steve

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    I don’t know that you’ll have much luck imagining with a USB memory stick.

    I’ve used the simple imager to image s30’s in the past. Using Internet Connection Sharing as a DHCP server I was able to get the machine to accept a DHCP address. I was using a hub (a switch won’t work), but a crossover cable would work fine.

    Maybe that will help you get an image on the machines until you figure out your DHCP problem. I’ve never had any issues with getting an s30 to accept an IP address.

    It sounds like you’re using a network sniffer to see what the machine is going on. Do you see any NAKs after the DHCP server send out an address?

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    Thanks for the reply.

    The Internet Connection Sharing approach is a good idea. I’ll give that a try since I guess there is really nothing to configure (i.e. screw up).

    Yes, I’m using a packet sniffer. I don’t see any naks or icmps…nothing. It is as if the offer from the server goes into a black hole.

    Will also try to get the thing to boot somenthing useful from a USB stick.

    Steve

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