Network boot a computer with no OS

December 10, 2010 at 22:18:24
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I'm new to network booting and I've come across TFTPD32 as an application to help install Ubuntu Server 10.10 on my 32-bit Gateway Solo 5300 so that I could use it as a test server.

I am attempting this method since neither the cd drive or usb drive work properly (the usb only working after logging in). However, I currently have no OS after half installing Ubuntu and accidentally shutting it down after it deleted the hard drive's contents-BIG mistake. It currently only boots to a black screen and a flashing underscore in the top left corner.

I am wondering how to network boot because I have never done it before and I don't fully know what is involved. Below is some-things you might want to know about what I have in hand:

-Old Gateway Solo 5300 Laptop with no OS(32 bit, 256MB RAM, RJ-45 jack, 10 GB HDD)
-Acer Aspire 570Z with Windows Vista Premium 32-bit(3GB RAM, 120GB HDD + RJ-45 jack)
-STORED ON ACER ASPIRE=Ubuntu boot files, TFTPD32, Unetbootin.
-Blue Ethernet cable, Yellow crossover ethernet cable.
-Router and modem

In total, what are the steps to have Ubuntu Server 10.10 edition succesfully installed on the old Gateway. Your help is appreciated,

P.S. I have currently tried TFTPD32 but have recieved a message saying "A socket operation was attempted to an unreachable host

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December 11, 2010 at 08:13:50
First you need a server capable of remote booting. That means either Windows Server or some variety of Linux that has the ability to boot a remote computer.

On the computer you are attempting to boot you need a PXE boot ROM in the network interface card.

The colour of the shield of the network cables are irrelevant. If you are connecting the two computer together without using a switch you will need the cross-over cable.

You don't need a router or a Modem to do what you are proposing.

Probably a lot easier just to go out and buy a CD drive.


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