* It is a small, but fully functional computer consumes a very little power. You can feed it from the phone charger (+5VDC,1A). Not in production at the moment.
Why I do it.
First, I need a standing apart computer that I would be practiced in Linux.
The second. Computer must run 24/7, so power consumption is very critical.
The third. I don't like when a noisy cooling fan running to infinity. This annoys me.
We know that any network device has a computer in the middle. Not always possible to get in the middle and used it for something else, but there are exceptions.It is heavy and has a simple military design, where everything is made of metal. But much more interesting, what is inside.
It took a time to read .pdf docs about chips located on the Board. And in the end, we have a simple, PC compatible computer, based on Geode CPU from AMD.
In the final, have a small, fan-less computer, with 4 network interfaces (3 + 1 for 4xETH switch) and full set of i/o ports. CF card & MINI PCI slots - are a nice bonuses.
Does it work via 'Console'?In the beginning, it would be nice to check if it works and how it works.
Ok. It works. Now we need to see what is in the BIOS settings (Press 'Tab' at boot time, 'Esc','Esc' - menu, back).
If you were lucky enough to go into the BIOS, several things must be done.
1. 'Load Optimized Defaults', first.
2. Set up date and time.
3. In 'Advanced BIOS Features':
3.1 Set BOOT order: USB-HDD, HDD-1(CF Card), HDD-0(IDE);
3.2 Check 'Console Redirection' - [Enable];
3.3 'Baud Rate' - 19200;
3.4 'Agent after boot' - [Enabled].
4. 'Set User Password' - leave the field empty, the password will be disabled.
5. 'PC Health Status' - check CPU temperature & voltages.
Save & Exit Setup.
These screens are for illustrative, how does the BIOS screens looks via serial interface (Console Port).
If everything is done correctly.If you did everything as described earlier, that never happens for the first time, you have the ability to redirect everything that goes to the VGA screen, even after BIOS, to the 'Console' port. Option 'Agent after boot - [Enabled]' allows you to do this.
In addition to a simple test, it shows that the redirection occurs in DOS mode (messages are send in DOS format). Some boards allow you to select the format (DOS - Linux), but not this one.
***For those who have a allergy to DOS and other programs from the last century. On the screen the real software setup to program 'top of the line' motherboards, which is 'in production' today.
Dec. 27, 2016 SKootS