Disclaimer: I have not tried this, and sadly, I do not have a new enough system with a serial port that I can try this (wish I did!). For background and explanation, my source on this is Serial Linux Console HOWTO
. Look down toward the bottom of the article to the section Optional: Configure serial port as THE system console
. Also, I verified entering kernel parameters on an edgy
live CD, but it will probably work the same way on gutsy
Boot the CD, and when presented with the boot choices, instead of selecting one, hit the ESCAPE (Esc) key. When asked, confirm that you wish to enter the "text mode interface."
Then at the boot prompt enter (type what is in bold):
boot: live console=ttyS1,38400
I just copied that boot parameter from the HOWTO linked above. Adjust the serial port (ttyS1; ttys0 = comm 1) and baud rate (38400) as needed.
Please let me know if this works!