Connecting to an AIX box thru serial port

Connecting to an AIX box thru serial port

Post by princ.. » Fri, 10 Dec 1993 00:44:08

Here's the problem folks...

We have an old IBM RT 6150 running AIX, but the monitor is shot. (Actually, it
works, but gives off a high pitched wine that's REALLY annoying). What we'd
like to do is set up another computer next to it and connect to it using a
serial port. (Where we can log in as root and get this thing going...)

So my question is:
    How do you set this up? (Connecting to a AIX box through a serial port)


P.S. Please respond through e-mail. Thanks!


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obvious I was not doing correctly.

I was given a Sun Netra 120 server to wipe clean and install a fresh
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hardwire" or "tip [hardcoded term]" and I get "connected". I followed
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