Doug Lee <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > I'm one of these guys running FreeBSD 4.11 on very old hardware (a > Pentium 166, specifically), and I want to upgrade to FreeBSD 6 or 7 > soon but with new hardware. Being blind, I need to use something > other than the video card for a console. I've been using a serial > console for a long time, but serial ports are getting scarce. I need > the console to become active during the boot sequence in case of > problems, as it can with a serial console. As I did with FreeBSD 3 > and 4, I will also want to activate this console during FreeBSD > installation if possible, so I don't have to have someone else be here > when I install it. > > Can modern hardware and a modern FreeBSD version provide console > access before the kernel loads via USB or via anything other than an > actual on-board or PCI serial port?
I am not sure, but I would expect that you would need BIOS support for something like that. Personally, I would stick with serial ports as long as possible, because they are much more simple than any alternatives. What do you hook up to that serial port, anyway? Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I wanted to make sure you got *some* help. Good luck. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"