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Koolu Thin Client
Installation Notes

Jim Carter, 2007-12-16


The Koolu Itself: Physical Assembly

Inside the Koolu
Inside the Koolu
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Optical Drive Enclosure

These instructions are for the INOi DW560C-0000 5.25" USB & 1394 ODD External Enclosure.

Koolu BIOS Setup

When you boot, things happen a lot faster than on an Intel motherboard, so try to have your monitor lit up ahead of time. You may want to just let it get into the PXE booter, then hit ctrl-alt-del to retry.

Immediately after rebooting hit shift-F10 to activate PXE (network boot) configuration. The major item is the second one, boot mode. Default is int 19h meaning to attempt network booting, then if it fails (which it will, if you haven't set up your server), attempt local devices. Change this to int 18h, meaning to skip PXE and boot local devices in the order configured in the BIOS. Before you get this configured, just wait 10-15 seconds for the PXE booter to time out.

Hit Del immediately after USB is activated (it's a USB keyboard). This drops you into setup. I changed these settings:

Standard CMOS

Advanced CMOS

Chipset Features

Integrated Peripherals

I left these as-is.

Power Management

SuSE Linux Installation Notes

Configuring Server Functions

Machine names: Jacinth is the new Koolu, and Fafnir is the old home server, a Dell Dimension 4600 with an Intel Pentium 4 at 2.4 GHz, which is being replaced. Functions are listed here in the approximate order of being worked on.

When Jacinth is put into production these actions will be needed [all finished]:

Remaining Tasks

Finished items: