By Ian Darwin on 2007-06-14 02:35 in Category: openbsdThe Thecus I wrote about previously is partly up and running. The OpenBSD install, unlike that for Debian, requires use of a serial console. The serial port was designed into these devices primarily for debugging, not what a consumer appliance needs. So nowadays the manufacturer saves a few pennies on each unit by not soldering the internal connector in place. But at least the holes are there. The older units have a 10-pin header (with one pin removed) on the back of the disk circuit board. The newer ones only have a set of 9 holes for you to solder in your own header. Since mine came sans header, I just installed one. I used a right-angle header since the ribbon cable I had was straight, so the angled header leaves more room for air flow at the back of the unit. Connect a ribbon cable, plug the other end into a computer's serial port, and boot; you should see some textual chatter. Right? Right in theory. But not necessarily in practice. In fact, it's about 50-50...
RedBoot(tm) bootstrap and debug environment [ROM]
Red Hat certified release, version 1.93 - built 17:25:00, Feb 6 2007
Platform: THECUS N2100 (IOP80219)
Copyright (C) 2000, 2001, 2002, Red Hat, Inc.
RAM: 0x00000000-0x08000000, 0x0004b890-0x07fd1000 available, total: 128 MB
FLASH: 0xf0000000 - 0xf1000000, 128 blocks of 0x00020000 bytes each.
== Executing boot script in 3.000 seconds - enter ^C to abort