Subject: Re: 1U servers that support serial console BIOS
To: Herb Peyerl <>
From: Jason R Thorpe <>
List: port-i386
Date: 09/27/2000 07:53:33
On Wed, Sep 27, 2000 at 05:46:19AM -0600, Herb Peyerl wrote:

 > If you don't mind using their Win95 client to talk to your console in order
 > to do hardware reset and such.  Not to mention that the client supports only
 > a hard-wired serial connection or dialup modem but no network support. Also,
 > once you assign a serial port as the 'console' port, the OS doesn't see that
 > serial port anymore.  So you'd need one serial port for the BIOS console and
 > one serial port for the OS console.

Well, we worked around that problem by hacking the boot block.  You can
still use that serial port -- it's just that the BIOS won't tell you
that it's "available".

I personally would have loved to use Weasels, but unfortunately, we have
all the slots in the machine filled up with other things that we need
(such as multi-port seral cards and additional network interfaces).

        -- Jason R. Thorpe <>