Subject: Re: Q: Blind installation on DEC 3000 m300
To: Christian Lavoie <email@example.com>
From: Aaron J. Grier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/28/2002 16:42:11
On Thu, Feb 28, 2002 at 06:09:16PM -0500, Christian Lavoie wrote:
> What exactly happens when I get the "SWITCHING TO SERIAL CONSOLE"
the computer starts talking to a serial port on the back of the machine.
if you plug in a null modem cable to a dumb terminal (or another
computer that is acting like one via tip, kermit, or minicom), you'll be
able to continue the installation.
> It hangs until a console is found?
it has found a console it can use (the serial port on the back of the
machine) and if you had a terminal hooked to it, you'd see sysinst there
waiting for you.
> Quite frankly, if I could use a network console instead of a physical
> one, that would help like nothing else could (I think =). Two machines
> (maybe more in the future), only one (working) set of
you can't log in on the network until the network is configured. in
order to configure the network, you need to be at the console.
> Which is why I was hoping to bypass the installation steps and get SSH
> running as soon as possible.
except ssh needs the network to be set up, and you can't set up the
network over the network.
> From there, I'll manage. If I could disable the console, redirect it
> to a file or a socket or anything like that, that'd be great. As I've
> mentionned, I've got linux machines on the network that I could use
> for networking magic.
you need one of two things to install netbsd on your machine:
1) a serial console cable and a dumb terminal (or equivalent)
- OR -
2) a kernel to boot which supports a console on your graphics card.
what version of NetBSD are you trying to install?
> Is there any way to plug a "TCP/IP terminal" to a NetBSD machine?
again... you cannot configure the network over the network if it's down.
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