Friday, May 30, 2008

Strange message at boot time

Yesterday, my network interface card (built-in motherboard) bogged down (later, the network guy said it had been due to the 'thunderstorm' which blazed the night! I don't know whether its true or not, but they said they also have to replace some hubs and switches.) abruptly. Thanks to the Chinese products, I bought a cheap new card immediately (only taka 215 and without any guarantee!) and place it in the motherboard. I disabled the on-board LAN card feature from BIOS, making the new card as the only working one. But, after saving out from BIOS, just before GRUB is loads, a message came :
Intel UNDI PXE 2.0 Build 082
or Realtek RTL 8139(x)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 020326)
Client MAC address: (then the mac address) GUID: (then the guid) DHCP...
And it tried to search for a DHCP then gave the following message :

PXE-E53: No boot filename received
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
After that, the usual GRUB menu came and all went fine. My new network card worked just okay. But the problem was, each and every time while booting, that same nagging message came, making the boot process slow and irritating.

After a bit Googling, I found that it was due to some settings in the on-board Lan Boot Rom settings. I went to the Intel PXE menu (by pressing Shift+F10 at boot time) and changed the setting from "Online network login" to "Default BIOS settings". The nagging message was gone.

What I don't understand how did the settings got changed ? Is it a automatic feature whenever you disable the on-board LAN card or is it something else ? Dunno.

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