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Old 02-19-2004, 01:45 AM   #1
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Minicom Terminal Emulation


I have looked and searched through this board and found references where people use minicom/ckermit to connect to the internet and such. However, my question is regarding terminal emulation (at least that's what I think i want to achieve hehe).

I have 2 pc's and I have hooked up a serial cable between them. I just want to try out terminal emulation but I have no idea what to do next.

I ran 'minicom -s' as root and set the serial port as /dev/ttyS0 on both machines. Now my question is, how do I connect to the other machine??
One of my friends say that you can reboot the other machine and watch the POST and it's startup sequence via serial communication. This is what I want to achieve.

Any advice would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!

Old 02-19-2004, 03:29 AM   #2
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I don't think that terminal emulation is what you want. The good news is that minicom should do the trick.

The terminal emulation portion of minicom (or procomm or xtalk) simply allows you to make sense of what the other guy is transmitting (over a serial line).

Minicom can also be used for file transfers and that's what you want.

What you need to do is this:

1) Find out what the baud rate, word length (7 or 8), stop bit(s) parity, etc of the serial port is that you want to listen to.

2) Setup minicom to communicate using these parameters.

3) Make appropriate cable. (2-3, 3-2, 5-5, comes to mind).

4) Suck data.


And in case you are interested:

No mention of serial data...

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Old 02-20-2004, 03:37 AM   #3
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Hi there,

Thanks for the help but I want file transfers? Hmm, maybe I'm confused. But I don't want to send files, I just want to see the boot process of the other machine (when issueing a reboot). Is that the file transfer method?

1. Can you give me a generic example of a baud rate, which word length to use, stop bit, parity??
3. "Make appropriate cable. (2-3, 3-2, 5-5, comes to mind)." I have no idea what these values mean.

As you can see, I'm a real noob at this stuff and everything about serial. Thanks for your patience..



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