Thin Client won't boot to login

Geraldine Gomputer Solutions gldcompsol at gmail.com
Tue Apr 29 00:55:33 BST 2008


 Hi,

I'm trying to get a new lab set up - there are about 12 Windows PCs that I'm
intending to use as thin clients.

Here's my notes so far about what's going wrong:

Edubuntu 8.04 problem:


 Loaded 64bit version on i965G with Q6600 & 4GB RAM, built i386 ltsp image


 Testing on home network:


 Sempron64 2600+, Athlon X2 4600+, IBM Laptop with Celeron 1.8GHz (32 bit
only) all boot into thin client with no problems, detect screen resolution
(different for all) correctly. Login works, Logout & halt or reboot PC works
on all of the above.


 Example of thin clients I'm intending to use, however...

Athlon XP 2000, 256MB DDR266, M825VXX motherboard with VIA chipset, onboard
network, graphics & video card...

Boot off Rom-O-Matic CD, get an IP address, Edubuntu splash screen starts,
orange bit bounces from side to side, then goes to black screen with cursor
at top left.


 Ctrl-Alt-F1 gives the following details:

........................done

rhine disable

Loading, please wait...

IP-Config: eth0 hardware address 00:0d:87:aa:eb:b4 mtu 1500 DHCP RARP

IP-Config: eth0 complete (from 192.168.1.2):

address: 192.168.1.249 broadcast: 192.168.1.255 netmask 255.255.255.0

gateway: 192.168.1.1 dns0: 192.168.1.1 dns1: 0.0.0.0

domain : intranet.waihi.school.nz

rootserver: 192.168.1.2 rootpath: /opt/ltsp/i386

filename : /ltsp/i386/nbi.img

Negotiation: ..size = 145456KB

bs=1024, sz=145456



 This machine (if more RAM is added) will boot a Ubuntu 8.04 i386 Desktop
CD.

This machine does not change its thin client behavior if RAM is increased to
768MB, or if an AGP video card is used instead.

Turning off the onboard network card and inserting a generic RTL8039 PCI
100MBit card produces the same result, apart from the IP and MAC address.

Turning off spread-spectrum & BIOS shadowing makes no difference.


 Where should I go from here?

Thanks,

Ian Mackenzie
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