FreeBSD on Sun Ultra - installer on bootonly cd outputs weird display

Kris Kennaway kris at
Fri Apr 2 06:03:44 PST 2004

On Thu, Apr 01, 2004 at 05:40:37PM -0500, port at wrote:
> I'm trying to install FreeBSD on a Sun Ultra 5, but I'm pretty new at this
> stuff. I've managed to get the fbsd_bootonly CD to be the startup CD, and
> it gives me 5 display options, like VT100, xterm emulator, FreeBSD
> console, etc. However, every single one of these results in mangled
> display (ie., characters appear on top of other characters - basically
> what happens if one's emulation is set wrong) and an inability to use the
> arrow keys, which seems necessary to use/configure the settings the
> installer provides. I'm sure this is very simple to fix, but I have no
> idea what to try. Thoughts?

The system console is not yet supported; use a serial console instead.

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