Switches are all in place under the desks now and we should be able put
all the new network cables to them soon enough.
Small snag with the new gigabit cards though... it seems they don't have
a boot rom on them!
However from what I can gather I can load iPXE (built for the newer
gigabit cards) into the onboard boot rom (which is actually inside the
BIOS which came with the PC) and it *should* work to boot the new card
(rather than boot via the onboard NIC).
So far I've managed to edit the bios of PC 4 and it kinda works, in the
sense that I get green iPXE text (but on top of the Compaq bios logo,
not at the time of booting something - seems odd). But it doesn't seem
to play well yet, as the actual boot rom option has gone in the boot
order preferences. I have a backup of the original BIOS, don't worry :)
Anyway I've spent enough of my Sunday here (something I've been doing a
lot of to get things ready again, in our upgraded room)... and if anyone
out there has knowledge of iPXE, boot roms, network booting, or editing
AMI bios's... speak up :)
On 02/03/2022 11:01, Simon Faulkner via StaffsLUG General wrote:
> Hi All,
> Looking forward to a meet-up before too long…
> Simon Faulkner
> Dedicated Programmes Ltd
> 01538 303 900
>> On 2 Mar 2022, at 10:55, Steven Maddox via StaffsLUG General
>> Hi everyone,
>> Well, as probably was to be expected - this is me saying hello as the
>> new project leader of StaffsLUG :)
>> Additionally happy 23rd birthday to the LUG!
>> It was great of Richard to step up over the last 2 years as LUGMaster,
>> it's a shame that his entire tenure was marred by COVID-19. However as
>> his personal circumstances have recently changed, meaning he can't
>> guarantee being able to turn up physically to meetings as much any more,
>> it makes sense for him to step down at this point.
>> Going forwards we've got a tonne of improvements to the usual room we
>> use, we're about 90% complete on that - so hopefully in a couple of
>> weeks we can get things finished off.
>> Additionally we're linking up with ORG Stoke (Open Rights Group:
>> Stoke-on-Trent, headed up by Keira) and FSFE Potteries (Free Software
>> Foundation Europe: Potteries, headed up by Darren) groups to enhance the
>> kinds of audiences and meetings we'll be having going forwards.
>> In the StaffsLUG committee I'm delighted to say that Keira, Darren and
>> Richard (who will still likely be able to join us virtually) will be
>> helping me out to shape the things to come also.
>> So stay tuned as we gather things together and we'll get a list of
>> events up soon and update the website in the next little while.
>> Steven Maddox
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