Subject: Re: Headless install
To: Brett Glass <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/19/2002 16:16:41
On Thu, Jan 17, 2002 at 10:04:37PM -0700, Brett Glass wrote:
> I'm attempting to install NetBSD 1.5.2 on a headless Intel server.
> If I do nothing as the CD boots, the serial console (which is
> showing BIOS messages via BIOS redirection) goes dead immediately
> after the kernel loads. If I try to type the command "consdev com0"
> (which is what I would expect to be the right command to redirect
> I/O to the first serial port), I see a "0" character on the terminal
> and then nothing. (I can't tell if this is because the baud rate is
> not being maintained as NetBSD takes over the port or because there's 
> some other problem.) No matter what I try, though, the ANSI 
> terminal emulator goes dead and I can't continue the install. What am 
> I missing? 

Maybe this is a conflict between the BIOS and the kernel using the same
serial port.
Can you try to plug in a second console on the second serial port and
do a 'consdev com1' ?

Manuel Bouyer <>