Booting using serial console

Gary Aitken freebsd at
Tue Jun 10 20:56:07 PDT 2003

   The serial ports are ok.
   However, in checking that out I discovered that it will boot from the
   serial console if there is also a keyboard plugged in (no monitor).
   So then I put the monitor on and unplugged the keyboard.
   The boot sequence shows:
     "keyboard error"
   during the initial BIOS boot.
   Then, when the scsi devices are probed, I get
     <F1> to resume, <F2> to setup
   It looks like BIOS won't let me boot unattended without a keyboard.
   With the keyboard, it comes up ok on the serial port.
   Anyone know of a way around this?
   Olivier Nicole wrote:

I've got a vt220 plugged into com1; I know the cable is good because I 
plugged it into com1 on a windoze box and could read and write the vt220 
using hyperterminal.

Stupid question, but you are sure that the serial ports are not
disabled in the BIOS?

I know I'd install through normal screen/keyboard and would try to
remove them only when the system is more or less stable.


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