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I have tried to get ttyS1 on a Linux box to be a terminal. To the port I connected a second linux box with a serial cablepair/null modem setup and have minicom running. On the first linux box I did the following:
upon further troubleshooting the problem turned out to be the length of the serial cables. Using shorter serial cables and the problem disappeared. Take the thread as a How-To setup serial terminal for Linux.