Subject: Re: dec 3000 m400
To: None <>
From: Aaron J. Grier <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 11/06/2000 16:25:41
On Sat, Nov 04, 2000 at 05:45:33PM -0700, Ivan Fetch wrote:

> It SEEMS (someone please correct me here because I want this to be
> inaccurate <grin>) that the only way to connect a serial console to
> the Alpha and have it work is to use some kind of `line chord'
> connected between the terminal (in this case another PC running
> terminal software) and the MMJ connecter (where the keyboard/mouse
> combo-cable plugs in).

> There is a 25 pin serial port on the back of the Alpha as well (this
> is tty00 under True'64 Unix) - It is not possible to use this port as
> my serial console???

the SRM treats the MMJ as its serial console, and NetBSD does too.  I'm
not sure if it's possible to change -- I'll check my documentation when
I get home.

> Further more, it was mentioned (somewhere) that the serial code was
> buggy enough that running this machine with a serial console would not
> be so enjoyable.

I never ran into problems on my 3000/400, but I never hit the serial
console heavily.  After the machine is booted, I do everything else over
the network.

  Aaron J. Grier | "Not your ordinary poofy goof." |
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