Solved Can you install Win 7 from other network PC or crossover?

Tyan / S2696
January 9, 2015 at 03:59:52
Specs: Windows 7, 16GB
Pretty sure the pcie slots on my S2696 have died which means it's basically blind.

Is there any way to install windows etc by viewing the pc from another pc?
I have a crossover cable if needed and can probably gain access through the LAN.
Don't suppose it's possible to view the bios also?

I've done it before but that was when the S2696 was up and running and it was done through remote desktop and a user with a password.

This has to be done from scratch and the only way I can think of is through LAN,crossover cable or maybe a pci graphics card.
Would be nice through LAN/crossover as it's cheaper than buying a pci card.

I am googling etc but from mobile phone so it's slow and data is expensive.

I can borrow a laptop to accomplish the feat.

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January 9, 2015 at 04:45:38
You won't be able to access anything over the network until it has an OS and network connectivity. What type of system is this? Laptop? Desktop? Something else? The only thing I could find with that number is a Tyan Tempest. Is that what you have?

Let me clarify what I said, I was referring to normal OS operating procedures. There are of course, programs that allow you to boot to the Network Card to install OSs from already created images or scripted installations.

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January 9, 2015 at 05:41:26
yep it's a tyan tempest server board.

I did find this which I'm looking in to.........

It's shocking how many sites give me pcie results when I've asked for pci :(

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January 9, 2015 at 09:31:15
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Just to say there's no way to access BIOS externally. For all practical purposes this is hardware and comes into play before Windows starts.

This might be of general interest:

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January 9, 2015 at 13:45:00
"Pretty sure the pcie slots on my S2696 have died"

If the PCIe slots have died, it means the SB chipset has probably died, which would mean the board is bad.

S2696 DataSheet

Intel 6321ESB Southbridge

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January 11, 2015 at 04:26:02
Turns out 1 of the ram slots is bad,top one near the power block.
Maybe the pressure of the power cable sagging has damaged it?

Anyway it is back up and running and my long long saga of pc problems seems to be coming to an end :)

Thanks all for the help

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January 11, 2015 at 08:59:05
Most likely the socket is bad but there is a slight chance it is due to oxide, which can often be cleared by simply pushing the card in and out of it several times.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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