Robert, I have a FreeBSD based router running on an Intel PIII board (D815EFV) that uses a serial console. I redirect to com1/cuaa0 at 115 kbps. I also configured FreeBSD to use a serial console as the primary console, and I haven't had any problems with the router failing to boot, either with or without a terminal attached. Finally, I set up a getty session, so I can login via cuaa0. The only messages I miss are the fdisk/startup messages.
Sorry I can't help, but I would suspect a configuration issue. -Seth Henry On Tuesday, July 13, 2004 12:35, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > Message: 30 > Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 12:05:14 -0400 (EDT) > From: Robert Watson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Subject: BIOS console redirection *and* serial console with FreeBSD > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Message-ID: > <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII > > > I have access to several boxes that support "BIOS console redirection", in > which access to the BIOS and BIOS-based console I/O is redirected to a > serial port. This is pretty neat functionality, as it allows me to > reconfigure RAID arrays, change a variety of system settings, boot > preferences, etc, via the serial console. > > However, I run into a problem when I attempt to use BIOS redirection with > FreeBSD's native serial console support. If I just configure a login > session on ttyd0, it pops up once the boot completes and appears perfectly > workable. However, if I turn on 'console="comconsole"' in loader.conf, > the system will appear to hang or otherwise wedge rather than boot. > Currently, the boxes where I've experienced this are all remote, so I > can't report on what actually appears on the console -- however, the > systems appear to never boot. > > My ideal world order would have a natural transition from BIOS console > redirection to FreeBSD's serial console, letting me configure BIOS/RAID > settings, configure loader pieces (swap kernels, set tunables, etc), then > onto the kernel serial console pieces, and finally launching a login > session on ttyd0. > > Does anyone have experience with making this actually happen, or similar > experience with it not working? I'm seeing it right now on a recent Xeon > Intel-based motherboard ("Westville"), but also on an older Intel > ServerWorkers PIII motherboard. Is the FreeBSD loader serial code doing > something un-kosher that the BIOS redirection implementation doesn't like? > Can we make it behave better? Or is the BIOS redirection implementation > just broken when it comes to dealing with use of the serial port by the > OS? > > Thanks, > > Robert N M Watson FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects > [EMAIL PROTECTED] Principal Research Scientist, McAfee Research _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"