Plan B Edubuntu Terminal Server Install Problem

Gavin McCullagh gmccullagh at
Sun Apr 13 22:46:55 BST 2008


On Sun, 13 Apr 2008, operationsengineer1 at wrote:

> when i tried to connect a client via the romomatic cd, i got the
> following text to cycle through the screen:
> Probing pci nic...
> [eepro100] Ethernet addr 00:A0:09:9F:BF:62
> Valid link not established.

That suggests that it has found an eepro100 network card (with the mac
address displayed) but that the network card doesn't have a link.  The most
likely cause of that, I'd guess, is that you have a cabling problem.  Do
you get a link light on the switch when you plug the client in?

> i think this could either be a romomatic problem (perhaps i didn't create
> the boot disk correctly), a software configuration problem or a nic
> compatibility problem.

The "valid link not established" seems to tell you the problem.  How many
network cards are in the PC?

> also, does anyone know how to bypass a bios password?  one of the clients
> was donated and nobody knows the bios password so i can't configure it to
> boot from CD.  i suppose I could unplug the HD, but i'm trying to avoid
> doing that if there is an easier solution.

One way is usually to unplug and take out the BIOS battery for a few
minutes.  There's usually a way to reset it, but it will be specific to the
motherboard.   You can search online and probably find instructions.


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