f12 boot error no dhcp or dhcpoffers were received

Hello techs, Im trying to F12 pxe image an HP 8200 here and keep getting the error f12 boot error no dhcp or dhcpoffers were received.  I have all the legacy boot options on, etc..
Any help is appreciated.
Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
where is the boot image supposed to be coming from?  Windows Deployment Services?
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Yes correct
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
which server version .. did you add a boot image to the wds server?
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vivigattCommented:
Check your DHCP settings and options.
If your DHCP and PXE/WDS server runs on the same host, you must have a dhcp option #60 set. If not, you must not have this option set. Check my article and its comments:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/A_2978-PXEClient-what-is-it-for-Can-I-use-PXE-without-it.html

If everything seems OK on the DHCP side, check that your PXE service runs correctly
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
All other desk and lap tops are running successfully.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
not sure of the server version David.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
To me, it really seems like the desktop.  Are there other changes Im supposed to make?
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vivigattCommented:
Is this particular client on the same subnet/VLAN?
If you boot this particular client on its HDD, can it access the network and ping the WDS/PXE server?
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
All same subnet in this office.  
It will boot and can ping anything
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vivigattCommented:
What is the status of STP (spanning-tree protocol) on the switch(es) ? It must be set to portfast or disabled (not recommended)
You may also want to update the BIOS/Firmware of the client, in order to have a recent PXE code in it.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
No idea about STP on the switch.
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vivigattCommented:
You have to check that setting.
STP and PXE do not cohabit happily:
http://networkguy.de/?p=470
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
The bios is updated
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vivigattCommented:
Check STP on the switch.
You can also use a packet analyzer such as Wireshark or MS Network Monitor.
Run it on your WDS/PXE server and check that the DHCPDISCOVER messages are received by this server.
Check your DHCP config for something specific to this host (reservation with specific options for instance)
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
WHY this one desktop tho?  Everything else is imaging properly.
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vivigattCommented:
There can be several reasons:
- STP enabled and not set to portfast on the port this host is connected to
- DHCP settings specific to this desktop that interfere with DHCP/PXE operations
- PXE/WDS settings specific to this desktop...
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Ive tried several cables, too
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If you use a working connection (switch and cable) and then unplug that connection and then connect that cable to the non-working pc it still fails?
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Any port gives the same error.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Opened a work order w/HP too.  they already replaced the mobo but no change.  They're saying now that there's an issue with the newer bios and I have to use the older bios.
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vivigattCommented:
What is the level (version) of your BIOS?
It seems weird to me that the PXE portion fails that early with a recent BIOS. It is supposed to be tested...
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
2.90
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Ooops, this system is an 8300 not 8200
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
its at 2.90 and they want me to downgrade to the 2.57
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vivigattCommented:
You can always try it out, but it would be weird that such a basic PXE operation was problematic on recent BIOSes
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
The downgrade changed nothing.  Had to open a case w/the HP Admins.  
Waiting for HP....
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
HP sent me a beta bios 2.91 and it worked.
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vivigattCommented:
OK, so the problem is/was actually at PXE-Rom level (embedded in BIOS/UEFI firmware), as I wrote it could be (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_28508455.html#a40301196 ).
That's strange that HP did not test/validate such a basic operation. OTOH, maybe it does not fail in all cases.

Hopefully, now it's working...
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Thank you for working with me vivigatt
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