I have two PC Engines Alix 2d2 which I've been given and I'm trying to install an (BSD or Linux based) OS on. Currently one has a version of openWRT (the other had openWRT until I formatted the CF card and put on a version of FreeDOS (I don't know if this works because no console)). Both boards were in working order before I began, allbeit working as openWRT systems. I did not test either of their serial ports before I started (although i have changed nothing about the second system so...)
In addition to the alix boards I have:
- a Windows desktop without a built in serial port
- a USB to serial adapter which I have been using with the Windows desktop
- a Linux box which has a serial port on the motherboard
- one serial cable (Startech branded, described as straight through)
I have connected each alix board to both computers 1 at a time trying to get, well, anything to come though the serial connection. I've read several articles and how-tos on the internet about the alix boards noting that the speeds mentioned either seem to be 9600 or 38400 so I've tried both.
On Windows I was using PuTTY's serial mode to connect (I double checked which com port I was using) and on Linux I was using minicom with the
-D 9600/38400 -p /dev/ttyS0 (I also have ttyS1-3 but minicom would not connect to them).
So far I've had nothing from the boards, the how-tos describe a brief memory check when they boot, but I've not seen a single character. Never having used a console over serial before I'm at a loss as to what I should try next so any suggestions (or reading material) would be very welcome.