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#1 2014-12-12 05:52:12

bbraun
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The Diskless Mac and BootToob

I've been looking for these for years.  If anyone knows anything about them, please let me know.

The Diskless Mac was a solution by Sonic, and BootToob by Mauswerks maker of ethernet cards, which was essentially a replacement declrom for DP83932 based ethernet cards (the chip used by almost all 10mbps ethernet cards in old macs, like those made by Apple, Asante, Sonic, etc), that allowed various forms of netbooting.  From what I gather, they supported things like tftp'ing an image from a server, loading it into RAM, and booting it like a RAM disk.

They were mostly sold to k12 to ease management of labs of machines and classrooms.  So if anyone is looking at their ethernet card, take a glance at the ROM.  I assume it'd have a big sticker on it advertising its presence.  I've never seen one of these, either in person or a photo online, only 2nd and 3rd hand descriptions.

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#2 2014-12-14 07:18:18

bigmessowires
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Re: The Diskless Mac and BootToob

What are we looking for on the chip - it would literally say "Diskless Mac"? I don't have many vintage NIC's myself, but I'll keep my eyes peeled for this in the future.

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#3 2014-12-14 18:51:18

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Re: The Diskless Mac and BootToob

Since I haven't seen one, I'm not really sure, but the product was literally called "The Diskless Mac" so I'd assume it'd have something like that as a sticker on the chip.

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