Wake-on-LAN and the em driver (freebsd 7.x)

Chuck Robey chuckr at chuckr.org
Wed Apr 2 16:24:55 UTC 2008

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Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jerry McAllister [mailto:jerrymc at msu.edu]
>> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 2:46 PM
>> To: Ted Mittelstaedt
>> Cc: Walker; Kent Hauser; freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>> Subject: Re: Wake-on-LAN and the em driver (freebsd 7.x)
>> On Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 02:09:22PM -0800, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>>>> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Walker
>>>> Sent: Monday, March 31, 2008 11:37 AM
>>>> To: Kent Hauser; freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>>>> Subject: Re: Wake-on-LAN and the em driver (freebsd 7.x)
>>>> I would like to know of any other easier ways to do this.
>>> Any network admin worth his salt has an old win98 system tucked
>>> away that can be used to create bootable dos cd's.  
>> Don't know much about the value of salt, but the old Win 98 machine
>> I have around has a dead CD and dead floppy as well.   Guess they are
>> replaceable, but is it worth money and bother?

I missed the earlier parts of this thread ... but if you're after bootable cd's,
with old versions of dos, these exist on the web, free for the taking.  I needed
to flash my machine's BIOS about 60 days ago, so I searched it out.  I have the
image at hand, it's not a Windows thing, it's one of those old dos-compatibles,
but it worked just fine, let me mod the autoexec and the config.sys, it has a
cdrom driver (which just any bootable cdrom won't have, meaning you couldn't
swap the cd, after you booted, with a cd loaded with your tool cd, which was a

If this is what you like, let me know and I'll go spelunking a bit and find it,
it'd only be about 15 minutes of looking about in my archives.  For the job of
flashing BIOSes, the cd was ideal, and I (1) like staying legal, and (2) like
even better avoiding having to use any sort of MS tool, I don't require any
others do this, but for myself, I'm philosophically against using any products
of that company.  Also seems like a rather silly reason to keep any machine
sitting on a desk using power.

> You must think so at some level or you would have tossed them ;-)
> Of course it's not worth fixing them unless you need the system -
> but you never know what the future holds.
> I actually have 2 w98 systems running here at the house.  Both
> are used by the kids and run an assortment of kids game software
> that I pick up for a few bucks from the local Goodwill.  Right now
> the youngest's favorite software is "petz 4", it's a virtual dog,
> and the older's is surfing the starwars.com site.  (needless to
> say, it's done through a FreeBSD proxy server that limits the
> machine to a very strict number of sites)  Runs as
> well as it did a decade ago when it was written.  I just don't
> personally see the point of dropping a grand into a computer
> and shiny new software for it when the primary and secondary
> users are under 10 years old and are perfectly happy with
> older programs.
>> I wouldn't be surprised if there are many like that sitting around.
> Believe it or not we just had an adult bring in a w98 system into
> the ISP today to get it online.  And we even had an old 33.6 
> external modem that we just gave her for it.  She lives in the sticks
> and has zero broadband alternatives (except for satellite which
> is too expensive for her) and is behind multiple D/A conversions
> on her phone line, so 28.8K dialup is what she runs.  It's
> pretty incredible what's still in production out there.
> Ted
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