Subject: Re: Serial port console
To: Ted Spradley <>
From: Matthew Jacob <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 08/02/1998 11:21:43
I don't have this beast, but I run all my alphas on serial lines.

I expect there are few things you may need to do, based on a variety
of unclear experiences that I've had-

1) select the 'correct' console in /etc/ttys- the console pseudo-device
doesn't seem to always do what I expect.

2) parity=none seems to be important.

Can you get to single user (e.g., w/o boot flags set to 'a') and
do things work well there? Other than this, it may be the h/w on
this particular beast.


On Sun, 2 Aug 1998, Ted Spradley wrote:

> I have a AlphaStation 200 running the 0628 snapshot.  It has no video 
> card, no keyboard, no mouse.  I use a null modem cable from one of the 
> built-in serial ports to the seyon terminal emulator running on another 
> machine for a console.  This works fine for talking to the SRM and for 
> booting, but I can't seem to get logged in thru the serial port.  It puts 
> up a login prompt, I type a name (e.g., root) and hit <Enter>, it prompts 
> "Password:" and I type the password, but it usually doesn't echo the 
> CR-LF.  Nothing happens for a time, then "Login timed out after 300 
> seconds".
> Should I expect this to work?  
> Ted Spradley <A HREF=""> </A>
>  +1-972-484-5356
> My other computer is an Alpha.