Xenith No Operating System Found?

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  • #7693
    Avatariamkarlp
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    Wondering if anyone can help me on this?

    Picked up Q9 – Wyse 902195 Xenith units at a going out of business auction. They were all manufactured in mid 2011.

    All of them boot up, (very) briefly show a Wyse splash screen then go on to try and PXE boot until they finally report an “OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND” error.

    I booted them with Puppy linux and all the hardware seems fine.

    I talked with support who instructed me to grab the current firmware and install it with the USB firmware downloader.

    Doing that gives me the “Critical Operation in Progress” screen, but then maybe 20 seconds later tells me “Unable to open the file to read size of flash drive” and forces me to reboot.

    I found a guy talking about using Linux and FlashRom to reimage C10’s here: http://www.parkytowers.me.uk/thin/wyse/s10/Firmware.shtml so I am wondering if I could use the same thing from a working Xenith to these non-working units?

    These are for a test lab at a nonprofit, so I am doing this all out of (personal) pocket. I have to imagine that something can be done with them, really hope I don’t have to pitch all of them.

    I also have a post over in Wyse land if you want to see that: http://community.wyse.com/forum/showthread.php?10050-Xenith-With-No-Firmware-on-it

    Any help would be very appreciated, it may even be worth a small fee if someone has a really good idea for me.

    I do have access to firmware files/etc.

    Thanks,

    Karl P

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    ConfGenConfGen
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    So you have access the Merlin image of the Xenith unit? And using this with the USB Imager does not work?

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    #23413
    Avatariamkarlp
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    I went to my support portal page on wyse, and downloaded both 1.7.X and 2.0.X firmware. Inside each of those files was a “Merlin” folder that contained a variety of firmware files.

    I opened the xml with the usb firmware update tool and instructed it to make a firmware stick.

    It completes fine and the Xenith boots the stick, but then errors out as I mentioned in my OP.

    Is there more than one type of “merlin” package, or did i get the wrong one(s)?

    Thanks,

    Karl P

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    ConfGenConfGen
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    No, the files are fine. Have you tried another USB stick?

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    #23487
    Avatariamkarlp
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    For reasons completely beyond me, the previous owners appeared to have pulled the flash drive inside the xenith and pitched it. 😡

    I am working to see if I can source an adequate replacement. I believe I found it.

    Karl P

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    I fell into the trap. I found two Xenith Pro’s for (what I thought were) a sweet deal. Turns out the sellers yanked the USB ATA Modules, and like your situation, they do not boot.

    Were you able to find a replacement for the modules?

    or is there a PXE method to get the units to boot?

    Thanks.

    #24343
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    For anyone who is purchasing Xenith thin clients: Make sure it has a drive (memory module, etc). I bought two then found out the DOM’s were missing.

    I purchased two replacement 1GB DOM’s for two Xenith WYSE Pro’s and tried to use the USB download tool to install the Merlin packages.

    One WYSE copies the images, but then craps out during the file copy with what reads like sector issues. It then fails the BIOS update with a image file size mismatch. Through this process, it damages the USB drive, so it can’t boot again and must be re-imaged.

    The other device complains about a security key failure. Interesting, because it is a Xenith Pro. Maybe someone slipped me the JP version??

    Word to the wise: If you buy something used, make sure it boots perfectly the first day. If it doesn’t, you might have bought a brick. ReImaging these devices is a pain, and not very straightforward….

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