[rescue] Re: PC-Weasel/serial consoles on PC

Robert Novak rescue at sunhelp.org
Thu Jun 14 15:57:25 CDT 2001

On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, James Sharp wrote:

> > 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 PC-Weasel is your friend....if its still being made.  Emulates a video
> board, but takes the video scans, converts them into a Vt100 terminal
> emulation, and spits them out a serial port. Your machine thinks it has an
> EGA-class framebuffer, but the video comes out as serial.

Check out www.realweasel.com -- I saw them at LISA last December. Cool
board, cute girl in the tshirt, neat postcards, but I choked a bit on 
the $300ish price per board. Might have been as low as $250 or as high as
$350, and if you're spending more than $1k on your systems it makes sense
(wouldn't hesitate for this $21k quad P3Xeon I have a quote for, although
I'm not buying it so the point is moot).

If the price dropped way down, I'd be putting them in several systems at
home, but I have a lot of systems that didn't cost me $250 so I wouldn't
more-than-double the cost for that convenience. Obviously if it were for
work I'd probably try to hum a different tune.


Robert Novak, Indyramp Consulting * rnovak at indyramp.com * indyramp.com/~rnovak
        "And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe
           Maybe this year will be better than the last...." -- counting crows

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