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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
The cable that came with my trimslice was a male serial, the cable I bought was also a male serial. The adapter I have is a nullmodem adapter yes.

~Jeff


Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:51 pm
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
*nud* any ideas what might be going wrong here? Getting debian running on this device is the first thing I need to get done to start my ARM development :(

~Jeff


Wed Sep 28, 2011 4:17 am
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
Sorry, running out of ideas at this point, the trimslice serial cable I have is different, maybe because it came with the original dev kit, and the setup you have sounds correct according to the trimslice manual.

Can you confirm the serial adapter is working by connecting it to something else?

Does the trimslice boot OK with the original Ubuntu image? You can download and flash this to a SD card if you need to test it.


Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:08 am
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
Trimslice boots AOK into Ubuntu.

I have nothing else around to attached the adapter to :-/

~Jeff


Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:12 am
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
So I might have hit the real issue here -

My trimslice is booting into Ubuntu no matter what. After turning the bugger off and turning it back on I can press every key on the keyboard and it doesn't stop the normal boot process.

Any ideas why this might be? According to the debian setup wiki:

"then plug in the power for the TrimSlice. Quickly press a key to interrupt the default boot."

I've press "a" key. In fact I've pressed them all with no luck.

Halp!

~Jeff


Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:34 am
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
It means press a key on your serial connected host - which won't work until you get the serial connection working...


Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:25 am
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
Back to basics-
The serial cable is male
Your working x86 machine has either a serial port, or usb serial port, both will be male.
The cable that connects them both is female-female null modem
Speed 115200, n,8,1 with no flow control.

As soon as you turn on the TrimSlice, stuff appears (about 6 lines) and asks "a key to stop", I can't see you ever using that.
After that timeout, stuff prints that will be of help if boot fails.


Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:10 am
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Post Re: Issues Installing Debian
Should that be showing up on the system with the serial cable attached to it or on the monitor attached to the trim slice? Cause I'm not getting it on either.

As soon as the power is turned on to the trimslice I start tapping the "escape" key on the keyboard and still it doesn't interrupt the boot process. It simply continues on it's way going right into Ubuntu.

Is there something physically wrong with my unit?

~Jeff


Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:32 pm
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None of above involves monitors or keyboards plugged directly into TrimSlice


Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:15 pm
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How am I suppose to enter a key then? As I mentioned above - both the screen command and minicom command give me no output on my desktop system.

~Jeff


Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:19 pm
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