using a 4.10 release on my main machine, i was trying to make a FBSD headless install on a toshiba T4600c, because it has a minimalistic HD (200mb) and there is not any CDROM drive, just floppy drive, 20Mb ram, no LAN, no modem.

if i try regular kern.flp and mfsroot.flp (no serial booting -h), toshiba loads fine sysinstall but without CDROM i can`t do any more, unless serial communication.

and i can`t use keybord to send "enter key pressed" to my laptop. this is what im doing:

1.-made Boot Floppies using, to Boot into a Serial Console (both floppies made with dd command)
using this on kern.flp:

# echo "/boot/loader -h" > boot.config

2.-Connect Null Modem Cable between first serial ports on both machines.

You now need to connect a null modem cable Just connect the cable to the serial ports of the 2 machines. A normal serial cable will not work here, you need a null modem cable because it has some of the wires inside crossed over.

3.-Booting Up for the Install,
kern.flp floppy in the floppy drive of the machine im doing the headless install on, and power on the machine.

4.-Connecting to my Headless Machine, using this command on my FBSD machine:

# cu -l /dev/cuaa0

That's it! i can see booting kern.flp on monitorYou through my cu session. It ask me to put in the mfsroot.flp, and then...
It supose to be like this:

<" it will come up with a selection of what kind of terminal to use. Select the FreeBSD color console and proceed with your install!">

-even not can press enter key for start reading second flppy (mfsroot.flp).
-keyboard not works as expects, (not take care of regular typing or arrow keys, space bar, etc.)
-cu session continues as usual no takes care about booting process.
- and of course there isn`t any selection of any kind of terminal to use.

i know almost nothing about cu program, but FreeBSD Handbook (2.12 Advanced Installation Guide)
explain very well howto.
What am missing?
or, what is maybe misconfigured on my cu program machine?

any clues, you guys?

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thnks for  your  help,

oscar wicks

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