On Fri, 10 Jun 2005, Conor Wynne wrote:
> Really? I've used serial console before, but it was only of use
> after grub loads the kernel. I tend to do this for logging panics
> if netdump is not an issue.
Then your BIOS didn't support serial console.
> So, I assume you are talking about systems which support this
> feature in the BIOS? Enlighten me guys.
Most decent PC workstation/server orientated motherboards/systems
support serial console in BIOS. AFAIK *all* non-PC workstation/server
firmware environments support serial console (ARCS, SRM,
OpenFirmware) - just desktop PCs which are always crippled in this
respect. Intel are pushing 'EFI' to replace the BIOS, it's used on
Itanic already, and maybe one day will also be used on x86, maybe.
Here's a screenshot (a PC based machine in USA):
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All Rights Reserved
Sun Fire B100x [BIOS ver. 0.24]
CPU = mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP-M processor 1800+
639K System RAM Passed
1022M Extended RAM Passed
256K Cache SRAM Passed
System BIOS shadowed
Fixed Disk 0: TOS MK3019GAXB SUN30G
Press <Del> to enter SETUP
One problem though with PC BIOS serial console is that they're often
menu-based rather than command line, and things dont always work
well, eg BIOS implementations which try to constantly redraw the
screen rather than use more clever escapes to do windowing on
terminals - too fast for 9600 baud serial to keep up with often - or
sometimes your terminal client or console server doesnt like or
understand those escapes, etc.). YMMV.
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