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    Net booting on old 486s - how?

    I just want this cleared up - if I install an old Eth card in an old 486/P-1 machine, the ROM has to SUPPORT the card to allow net booting, right? If it doesn't, can anything be done? (i.e. change the ROM or flash it, if it's a flash ROM?).


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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I think some of my old 486 systems could do that (boot from network - pxe boot). At this point, considering that the i486 is soooo old (15 years or so?) reflashing the ROM is probably not an option, unless you build the image yourself. I think my grandson could do that...
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