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Booting iPXE from ISO
2014-02-24, 15:28
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Booting iPXE from ISO

I'm stuck with a Dell R210 server with a Broadcom NIC.
The boot process of ipxe is stuck at "Try to free Memory without Signature".
It's a well known issue but so far no real solution.
I have access only to the KVM/DRAC so no TFTP/DHCP access and can't boot undionly.kpxe from PXE.

The ultimate goal is to boot ipxe (or some alternative?) and use it to subsequently boot the machine from ISO on http.
The http server is a nas storage acessible from the same network where the server resides.

Reason I don't mount the ISO directly via KVM like i did with ipxe.iso - my upload speed makes this impossible as the image loads extremely slow and results in read errors.

Is there any solution I might use to achieve my goal?

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2014-02-28, 09:08
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RE: Booting iPXE from ISO
Did you check for a BIOS firmware upgrade? I've heard someone else say that it worked for them. If that doesn't work you could try to disable any hardware in the BIOS you don't need for your current use-case and see if that makes the memory region available for iPXE.
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