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Neoware 3000 Thin Client & Debian

Neoware 3000

 

I’ve finally got the Neoware box to actually do something (that it was not designed for). I managed to get it booting over PXE. I set up the network boot options on my Smoothwall box, pointing to a TFTP server on my laptop running XP. This didn’t quite work at first – the Neoware managed to get an IP address, and it was also confirming the IP address of the TFTP server, but wouldn’t load any files from it. So I installed the aftp mod for Smoothwall, copied the boot files over, and it worked like a charm. I reckon that although the PXE client was detecting the next-server option from the DHCP server, it wasn’t actually using it, and just tried to access a TFTP server on the DHCP server’s address – this is probably due to a fault in the firmware for the RTL8139 on board ethernet chipset, although I wouldn’t like to say for certain.

Now all I have to work out is why the Debian Etch installer is failing when its trying to partition the hard drive. I thought it was the drive itself at first (its untested) but it fails at the same place with another drive.

Smoothwall Hardware

Smoothwall Hardware.

 

Smoothwall is working quite well on my network. Still haven’t got those power figures for you yet, but i’ll sort them soon. May have to borrow the current clamp from work.

Here’s the hardware list, for those of you that care :

AddressTypeDevice
00:00.0Host bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.1Host bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.2Host bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.3Host bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. PT890 Host Bridge
00:00.4Host bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:00.7Host bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. CN700/VN800/P4M800CE/Pro Host Bridge
00:01.0PCI bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI Bridge
00:09.0Ethernet controllerNational Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 (MacPhyter) Ethernet Controller
00:0f.0IDE interfaceVIA Technologies, Inc. VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller (rev 80)
00:0f.1IDE interfaceVIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:10.0USB ControllerVIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.1USB ControllerVIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.2USB ControllerVIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.3USB ControllerVIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 81)
00:10.4USB ControllerVIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86)
00:11.0ISA bridgeVIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 ISA bridge [KT600/K8T800/K8T890 South]
00:11.5Multimedia audio controllerVIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 60)
00:12.0Ethernet controllerVIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 78)
01:00.0VGA compatible controllerVIA Technologies, Inc. UniChrome Pro IGP (rev 01)

And the entry from my.smoothwall :

Express Version3.0-polar-i386-
CPU VendorCentaurHauls
CPU ModelVIA Esther processor 1500MHz
CPU Speed1497 Mhz
Memory441 Mb
Disk37.3 Gb
Network ConfigGREEN + RED
Connection TypeEthernet
Last Seen IP62.31.***.*** on 6th August 2009 21:39:48
Registered On6th August 2009 20:56:13 with IP 62.31.***.***
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