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RE: How Can I Help (was Installing Debian on an Ultra 5)

Hi there,

Firstly, thanks to everyone that helped last week with my newbie-ness to
SPARC and Sun machines - I got a null modem cable and have happily and with
no problems installed Debian Sarge on my Ultra 5, plus upgraded to unstable
with the 2.6 kernel, plus submitted an installation report.
>From the Debian SPARC ports page (http://www.debian.org/ports/sparc/#who) it
says to chime in to see if there's any help needed with the SPARC port so,
here I am, chiming in.  Not sure how or what I can do to help, but I'm
certainly eager to learn :)
Sorry if this appears twice, but I sent this ages ago, and a reply I sent to
the list has appeared but not my original message, so I'm sending again.
Many thanks
Kevin Fullerton

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephane Bortzmeyer [mailto:bortzmeyer@nic.fr] 
Sent: 08 June 2006 14:31
To: Kevin Fullerton
Cc: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org
Subject: Installing Debian on an Ultra 5 

On Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 12:55:56PM +0100,  Kevin Fullerton
<kevin.fullerton@shotgun-suicide.co.uk> wrote  a message of 114 lines which

> The serial port marked A on the Ultra 5 is a DB25 Female, and the 
> serial port marked B is a DB9 Male.

I never used the Ultra 5 but it looks close from the Ultra 10.
> 1) Do I have to connect to serial A or B on the Ultra 5, or doesn't it 
> matter

It depends on the setup of the Sun. A is the default, but may be the
previous owner changed to B. 

There is no automatic fallback from A to B.

If you want to use B and have no screen but a keyboard, you can type:

STOP-A (to go to the console)
setenv output-device ttyb
setenv input-device ttyb

See http://www.ultralinux.org/faq.html#q_5_23

> 2) Will a standard DB9->DB25 serial null modem cable work for 
> connecting to A, or a standard DB9->DB9 for connecting to B


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