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 Boca serial card page linked...
Author: Linh Pham 
Date:   22-09-03 18:24

The page linked in the article for the Boca serial card doesn't have a picture to enlarge :)

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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: Dan 
Date:   22-09-03 20:36

OOOO!

Fixed. I didn't commit something I should have....

Thank you.

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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: w0lfshade 
Date:   22-09-03 20:59

Also in Boca serial page, the jumpers link photo is pointing to the jacks photo and the jacks link one is pointing to the jumpers photo.



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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: Dan 
Date:   22-09-03 21:10

DOH. Fixed that one now. Thank you.

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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: kilo 
Date:   23-09-03 18:46

Under OpenBSD, one must also uncomment the following line from the kernel config (its not enabled by defaut in the GENERIC):
boca0 at isa? port 0x100 irq 5 # BOCA 8-port serial cards


My guess, is that while you have created eight potential com ports, you don't have boca support compiled into your kernel.



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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: Dan 
Date:   23-09-03 19:24

kilo wrote:

> Under OpenBSD, one must also uncomment the following line from
> the kernel config (its not enabled by defaut in the GENERIC):
> boca0 at isa? port 0x100 irq 5 # BOCA 8-port serial
> cards
>
>
> My guess, is that while you have created eight potential com
> ports, you don't have boca support compiled into your kernel.

[dan@polo:/usr/src/sys/i386/conf] $ grep -i boca *
[dan@polo:/usr/src/sys/i386/conf] $

It appears that FreeBSD has no such option.

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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: julian 
Date:   01-10-03 05:03

Dan wrote:

> [dan@polo:/usr/src/sys/i386/conf] $ grep -i boca *
> [dan@polo:/usr/src/sys/i386/conf] $
>
> It appears that FreeBSD has no such option.

So let me ask a dumb question... how do you know that the boca card is actually supported by FreeBSD?

I used to run a cluster of servers with a Cyclades-powered serial console server, and it required the insertion of a "cy" driver statement into the kernel config in addition to the other statements you listed above.

- Julian



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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: Dan 
Date:   01-10-03 11:26

julian wrote:

> Dan wrote:
>
> > [dan@polo:/usr/src/sys/i386/conf] $ grep -i boca *
> > [dan@polo:/usr/src/sys/i386/conf] $
> >
> > It appears that FreeBSD has no such option.
>
> So let me ask a dumb question... how do you know that the boca
> card is actually supported by FreeBSD?

http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.8R/hardware-i386.html
Look for 3.8 Multi-port Serial Interfaces

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 Re: Boca serial card page linked...
Author: Dmitry Morozovsky 
Date:   18-10-03 15:29

Dan wrote:

> http://www.freebsd.org/releases/4.8R/hardware-i386.html
> Look for 3.8 Multi-port Serial Interfaces

Well, what's in your kernel log when you tried to verbose (boot -v at loader prompt or boot_verbose="YES" line at /boon/loader.conf) boot?

I suspect wrong setting of base address, which will be shown in verbose boot log and normally hidden in non-verbose booting...

Also, are you sure of bit 4 in flags? (I personally have no experience with BOCA cards, but...)



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 BocaBoard BB100X
Author: Allan Fields 
Date:   07-01-04 14:20

I've had a similar card setup under FreeBSD 4.x on an old PII for a year or so now; works great as a console/logging/debug host for my stack of BSD machines. I use tip and null modem as is suggested in the other serial console articles here, and have a screen session multiplexing hosts between my physical terminals. In case anyone is wondering here is my kernel configs and dmesg:


# BocaBoard BB1008 8-port serial card
#device sio4 at isa? port 0x300 flags 0xB05
options COM_MULTIPORT #code for shared IRQs
device sio4 at isa? port 0x300 flags 0xB15
device sio5 at isa? port 0x308 flags 0xB05
device sio6 at isa? port 0x310 flags 0xB05
device sio7 at isa? port 0x318 flags 0xB05
device sio8 at isa? port 0x320 flags 0xB05
device sio9 at isa? port 0x328 flags 0xB05
device sio10 at isa? port 0x330 flags 0xB05
device sio11 at isa? port 0x338 flags 0xB05 irq 11
-----
...
sio0 at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on isa0
sio0: type 16550A
sio1 at port 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3 on isa0
sio1: type 16550A
sio4 at port 0x300-0x307 flags 0xb15 on isa0
sio4: type 16550A (multiport)
sio5 at port 0x308-0x30f flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio5: type 16550A (multiport)
sio6 at port 0x310-0x317 flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio6: type 16550A (multiport)
sio7 at port 0x318-0x31f flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio7: type 16550A (multiport)
sio8 at port 0x320-0x327 flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio8: type 16550A (multiport)
sio9 at port 0x328-0x32f flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio9: type 16550A (multiport)
sio10 at port 0x330-0x337 flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio10: type 16550A (multiport)
sio11 at port 0x338-0x33f irq 11 flags 0xb05 on isa0
sio11: type 16550A (multiport master)
...

If you come across one it's usually a good find (got mine for ~$20 w/cables+adapters); the challenge will soon be finding a MB with an ISA slot. I used to have an ISA modem in there too at sio2. sio4 is configured as a console port (0x10). Before the BocaBoard I had a big long PC/4 DigiBoard (from Computer Recyclers here in Ottawa) but it literally went up in smoke. I would like to move to a PortMaster II some day if I ever have the need for anything more elaborate, but you can't beat the price on these.

- Allan

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