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XPS 11 PXE boot?

This question has been answered by markwilliams

I am looking for a compatible USB NIC that will PXE boot.  I have tried a number of StarTech ones - none are seen in the bios.  I have also tried ipxe via rom-o-matic but again no joy.

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  • I was given an idea by a surface pro 4 owner who had a similar issue.  He used a specific chipset USB NIC - SMSC - LAN7500  after hunting on ebay for a cheap NIC I found a startech USB21000S2

    Not only did this work flawlessly but it also got detected by the BIOS - no ipxe USB stick required.  Here are the pictures for the BIOS and booting:   http://imgur.com/a/eaZbl

    In short, yes it is possible with a LAN7500 USB NIC and a chipset is supported natively by the BIOS.

    edit: im going to set this as the answer as I found the details myself.  Ive left this here for others as I suspect this will also work for other BIOS too.

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  • Hi mark,

    Thanks for posting.

    Apparently it does not appear to be a way to PXE boot this computer, however, here is one workaround:  http://dell.to/2qHBWV1

  • Alas my XPS11's are running Ubuntu so I cannot use a WinPE boot (we use FOG as a PXE deployment mechanism).  I'll probably bin these XPS11's off as a non-starter if there aren't any USB NICs that work from POST.

  • I was given an idea by a surface pro 4 owner who had a similar issue.  He used a specific chipset USB NIC - SMSC - LAN7500  after hunting on ebay for a cheap NIC I found a startech USB21000S2

    Not only did this work flawlessly but it also got detected by the BIOS - no ipxe USB stick required.  Here are the pictures for the BIOS and booting:   http://imgur.com/a/eaZbl

    In short, yes it is possible with a LAN7500 USB NIC and a chipset is supported natively by the BIOS.

    edit: im going to set this as the answer as I found the details myself.  Ive left this here for others as I suspect this will also work for other BIOS too.