Subject: Re: changing the boot console
To: Wojciech Puchar <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/19/2004 14:36:29
In message <>, Wojciech Puc
har writes:
>> To:
>> Subject: changing the boot console
>> I have a NetBSD (-current, if it matters, which I suspect it does not)
>> that was configured for a 'com0' console.  I've now moved the disk to
>> another machine where I want it to have a 'pc' console.  How can I
>> change it?  I've tried using an install CD to get the boot prompt,
>> saying 'consdev pc' followed by 'boot hd0a:netbsd -s'; it gives the
>> 'Hit return' prompt, but never listens to keyboard input.  I've also
>> tried rerunning installboot, again to no avail.
>> Suggestions?
>is it custom kernel without vga/wscons/pc display support?
>if so - it's exactly what you say.
>boot generic kernel and recompile yours to support vga as console
It's a custom kernel, but with those devices.

		--Steve Bellovin,