[ipxe-devel] DHCP failing on Intel 82579V Gigabit [8086:1503] after PXE boot]

Richard Moore rich at richud.com
Sat Jan 12 10:25:00 UTC 2013


I made a little override patch (attached) to fix the PXE booting on the 
new HP laptop hardware (XX70x's) which seems to have solved the problem 
in our environment.

I thought I would post it as other people had had problems and no better 
solution has been forthcoming.

(Have cc'd to everyone who seemed to have had some dealings with it in 
the past)

Hope this helps someone.



On 13/11/12 09:03, Richard Moore wrote:
> Hi,
> Oh dear..
> Simplistically - an overriding rule list first to just match the ven/dev
> and/or subsys/rev and jump to appropriate action before using any other
> logic?
> ven:8086 dev:1503 (rev:04) sven:103c sdev:17ab
> Otherwise is it possible to infer anything from probing other
> 'features'?
> e.g if x and y report something then it is likely z isn't true?
> Are there any commonalities to other devices broken in this way that
> could
> be looked for?
> Can some other packet be sent to the dhcp server to generate a response
> that can be checked in some way - e.g. it should always return at least
> something and if RX=0 then something is wrong, try the next approach?
> Am sure all of these have been thought of but just thinking out loud,
> Thanks for all your efforts,
> Rich
> on Mon, 2012-11-12 at 15:11 +0000, Michael Brown wrote:
>> On 12/11/12 15:05, Richard Moore wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2012-11-12 at 14:45 +0000, Michael Brown wrote:
>>>> Try the attached hack.  This forces undinet into polling mode
>>>> (rather than interrupt mode); if this works then at least it
>>>> identifies the problem.
>>> yep that worked :)
>> OK; so we now know the problem is that this particular underlying PXE
>> stack is advertising that it supports interrupts, but never actually
>> generates any.
>> This is a known problem for some PXE stacks, with no good solution known
>> at present.  Commit b6ca3aa includes some explanation:
>>     http://git.ipxe.org/ipxe.git/commitdiff/b6ca3aa
>> Suggested solutions welcome.
>> Michael

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