Why does not having my router switched on stop my computer from booting?

kimjanee

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Just out of curiosity, I tried to boot my desktop machine last night without switching on the router. I didn't need internet access for what I wanted to do just then. To my surprise, it never completed the POST. When I switched the router on, the bleep announcing the end of the POST sounded immediately and the elilo menu came up. Today I checked, and the behavior is consistent. Is this normal for modern computers?
 


GsQs

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That's odd. Is your BIOS boot order set with the NIC first? Maybe change the order so your hard drive is first and see if that makes a difference.
 

KGIII

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No, no... That's not normal.

Do you network boot? I mean, that's not something you could do by accident and not know about it. Even then, it should finish POSTing and then complain that no OS was found.

In your BIOS, look for some settings that require networking to be enabled. Something like "PXE", perhaps?
 


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