Chapter 2. Getting Started

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2.1. Using hyperterm as a serial console
2.2. Using minicom as a serial console

When a platform is initially powered or a hard reset performed, the ABLE environment will be started, each component module will be loaded in turn. The last module loaded is the ABLE shell which will present the user with a command line interface.

ABLE has a flexible console system for its input and output which can be configured to meet most requirements. The console system is controlled with console command and the and console.write parameters. Details on using the console system can be found in Chapter 5, ABLE Console

The default console operation is to use all suitable input and output devices available.

On the EB2410ITX both the first serial port and the video display will be used for output and the serial port and USB keyboard for input.

In general use the console is used to interact with the ABLE Command Line Interface. This command line interface is generally assumed for most interactions with ABLE

Example 2.1. Display after starting ABLE on EB2410ITX

This example shows the typical default output shown when ABLE is started.

selected all-wr for console write
selected all-rd for console read
DRAM: 128 Mb (134217728 bytes)
BAST: PMU version 1.02, ID 00:01:3d:00:01:6a
ABLE 2.20 Copyright 2001-2005,2006 Simtec Electronics
hdc: FUJITSU MHF2043AT: ATA PIO mode 4
hdc:Diagnosing disc drive: ok
(hdc) 4GB
(hd0) on ((hdc1):ext2)
(hdb) Drive Empty
DM9000: dm0: r1, 00:01:3d:00:01:6a int phy, link ok, 100Mbit full duplex
NE2000: ne0: ISA/Generic, 00:01:3d:00:01:6b
TMP101: not detected
sys.autoshadow unset, automatically shadowing

Unless the boot parameters are altered from their default settings the automatic boot process will commence. To manually start an operating system the command line must be used.