[rescue] This might make you smile (was THIS. MAKES. ME. SICK.)

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Thu Jun 14 14:21:37 CDT 2001

I once came across a company that had taking the old IBM text only display
board (remeber, the absolute very first video display card in PCs), and
added a serial to parrallel port converter chip to it.  Plus this puppy,
and the bios thinks you have an incredibly old video card that it can post
to, and which can act as a serial console.

Of course, /me wonders if most modern bios still even remeber how to boot
to CGA, let alone the old text only cards.

Joshua Boyd

On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, G W Adkins wrote:

> > > I was heading up the eval-ing the new 1220 at Cidera when black Thursday
> > > rolled around.
> >
> > The only cool VALinux boxes are the ones with the motherboard that
> > you can use in conjunction with a Linux kernel option to have serial
> > console.
> >
> > Bill
> >
> mmm, methinks that this will work with *any* motherboard that has serial
> ports supported under the serial drivers in the OS.  Unless you are
> referring to the POST output going to the serial port...  In which case I
> know that the 440GX Intel OEM board supports it, and I think that most of
> the high end (if anyone can call an x86 machine 'high end'...) server class
> (if anyone can call x86 hardware 'server class'...) motherboards support it
> if set up in the BIOS.  Although you'll still have to run it with a video
> device (framebuffer) in it to get it to post...
> George
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