"Bryan Ko" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> Hello all,
> I am trying to set up serial console for the first time and I am having some
> troubles to make it work.
> I bought a null modem cable and connected it to COM1 on two computers. One
> is Windows XP,
> and one is FreeBSD. I created "boot.config" file with the line:
> -Dh
> When I rebooted the FreeBSD box, the dmesg was not shown anymore. I think it
> wrote to serial
> console already. Then I tried to connect to the FreeBSD box in WinXP by
> using the HyperTerminal.
> But nothing was displayed and I rebooted freebsd box again. Still nothing.
> [Deleted...]

Boot messages should appear simply by connecting to com1 from
HyperTerm. To get a login prompt you need to edit /etc/ttys.

Change the line:

ttyd0   "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   dialup  off secure


ttyd0   "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   dialup  on secure

Connect via HyperTerm or "tip com1" from another bsd box, hit Enter
and you should receive a prompt. If you still do not see anything try
using only the -h flag in boot.config.

More info at

Hope that helps.


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