[syslinux] Re: Install Red Hat AS 4 from iLO on a HP DL380?
Herta Van den Eynde
herta.vandeneynde at cc.kuleuven.be
Fri Mar 17 04:03:58 PST 2006
Dag Wieers wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Mar 2006, Herta Van den Eynde wrote:
>>H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>>>Note... I don't know if the Red Hat CD is set up to do serial console, but I
>>>know at least HP's iLO can do "virtual serial port." That might also be an
>>No joy. The virtual serial port is enabled in iLO, but it won't accept input
>>As a workaround, I temporarily hooked the system up to a KVM switch, told it
>>to boot "linux text nofb", and then I can continue the installation from the
> I was wondering if it was an option to use the 'Shift/Alt/Caps Lock/Scroll
> Lock' detection (as in the prompt/noescape directive) as an indication
> that you are also not interested in having a graphical display.
> Especially when prompt is 1, this would allow to give another meaning to
> the shift/alt/caps-lock/scroll-lock combination.
> An ambiguity would be there when prompt is 0 though.
> The only feedback possible (if the config-file is read-only that is) at
> that point to give an indication that you don't want a graphical screen is
> either via a BIOS capability (ie. screen does not support vga) or using a
> keypress that is intercepted.
> And I doubt that HP or IBM would be interested to make an option in their
> firmware to make the local (ie. virtual) screen a text-only one.
> Kind regards,
> -- dag wieers, dag at wieers.com, http://dag.wieers.com/ --
> [all I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power]
Workaround (at least for my HP DL380): the iLO graphical interface
leaves you blind, but apparently not mute. I.e. if you type in "linux
text nofb" a few seconds after it snaps on, that string gets passed on
to the boot prompt and you're back in business.
Hope this helps,
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