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Force Mac Mini to boot from the tftp server

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:25 am    Post subject: Force Mac Mini to boot from the tftp server Reply with quote

Hi!

I'm a new in Apple world but I'm impressed by Mac Mini! So, I decided to try to use it as part of home automation system. To do that I have to boot Mac Mini (Intel-based) via TFTP server. I know that Apple has a different procedure netboot then other PCs supported PXE. To force Mac Mini to boot from TFTP can be used NVRAM:
Code:
> sudo su -
root >nvram boot-device='enet:192.168.80.1,elilo.efi

But after restart Mac Mini boots from HD not from the network. If I run the command
Code:
>nvram -p

I see following output:
Code:
boot-device     enet:192.168.80.1,elilo.efi
prev-lang:kbd   en:0
efi-boot-device-data
%02%01%0c%00%d0A%03%0a%00%00%00%00%01%01%06%00%02%1f%03%01%08%00%00%01%00%00%04%01*%00%02%00%00%00(@%06%00%00%00%00%00`%b8F%09%00%00%00%00%1c7%03%cf%13%ca%95O%be%8a%e9%08%ffH%ef%88%02%02%7f%ff%04%00
efi-boot-device <array ID="0"><dict
ID="1"><key>BLLastBSDName</key><string
ID="2">disk0s2</string><key>IOMatch</key><dict
ID="3"><key>IOProviderClass</key><string
ID="4">IOMedia</string><key>IOPropertyMatch</key><dict
ID="5"><key>UUID</key><string
ID="6">CF03371C-CA13-4F95-BE8A-E908FF48EF88</string></dict></dict></dict></array>%00
SystemAudioVolume       %00
aht-results
<dict><key>_name</key><string>spdiags_aht_value</string><key>spdiags_last_run_key</key><date>4006-05-31T16:33:55Z</date><key>spdiags_result_key</key><string>spdiags_passed_value</string><key>spdiags_version_key</key><string>3A102</string><key>spdiags_loopcount_key</key><integer>1</integer></dict>

Could somebody explain me what does this data mean and whay Mini doesn't boot from TFTP server? Also, is there some way to switch to text mode when Mini booting?

Thanks in advance.

Michael
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