[Soekris] Net5501 and Crux
bill at stsx.org
Fri May 1 09:22:06 UTC 2009
On Thu, 2009-04-30 at 21:58 -0800, TechKid PC wrote:
> I finally have the necessary cables and am able to access the comBIOS via a
> USB->Serial->Null-Mode->Female-Gender-Changer adapter chain.
With that you should have dealt with about 80% of standard possible
> Is there anything special that I need to do in the bios, or to the OS
> installed on the cf card for it to boot? I setup Crux on a MicroSD card (via
> a MicroSD->SD->CF->IDE adapter chain) and it runs fine and boots on a dell
> optiplex desktop.
> When I insert the card in the soekris CF slot and turn it on, the comBIOS
> does not recognize any bootable device. I tried setting the "partition"
> value to 1 via the set command and it made no difference.
> Any thoughts? Could it be a compatibility issue with the microsd card? (Its
> a 2gb kingston). I have not tried a CF card yet but will run out and buy one
> if I need to. Although I want to get it running on the microsd card if at
> all possible.
If the Soekris site doesn't state that MicroSD cards are supported, the
odds are against you.. (this is a case of "non-standard possible
Sandisk CFs are practically guaranteed to work under all circumstances.
Most other should do if no 2.5" HDD is attached, just stay away from
Kingston it seems. I use DaneElec XS cards, great value for modest
amount of money. Having a CF available for emergencies is always worth
> On a second note, I dont see any way to "hard reset" the bios settings that
> are changed via the set command. What recovery options are available if one
> sets an incorrect option in the combios and disables serial output (or
> something similar) making it impossible to manage the device? There is no
> removable battery and no reset jumper I can find.
Section 2.5 of the Soekris net4801 manual, preliminary version 0.01;).
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Maas" <bill at stsx.org>
> Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 1:24 AM
> Subject: Re: [Soekris] Net5501 and Crux
> > Access to the Soekris comBIOS is not just useful for watching boot
> > messages. It's an essential tool in case of trouble. See the Soekris
> > documentation and the Soekris Wiki:
> > http://wiki.soekris.info/Main_Page
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