progress, sort of *long*

Sean McMahon smcmahon at
Thu Jan 15 16:48:25 EST 2004

Can't you just use telnet which works with jaws and winxp, and specify a
cerial connection?.  Jaws supports the win telnet of xp pretty look at the
help for telnet.  Teraterm works also.  I know teraterm does cerial
connections.  Set your screen echo to all if you haven't and set font to
consol-9 point.  Under xp that is done by using alt-space and arrowing to
properties. Sean
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kyrath" <kyrath at>
To: "Speakup" <speakup at>
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 1:47 PM
Subject: progress, sort of *long*

Hi, I downloaded the slackware8 images and made the 2 floppies, and  I have
a null modem cable connecting my 2 pcs.
After reading the info on the site, I found that you are to
ramdisk console=ttyS0
at the prompt, right after the boot floppy stops and press <enter> to force
output to the serial port.
Well... it actually worked!  However, the target pc seems to have locked up
at the point where it asks for the route disk.
I did see something about the slackware boot potentially causing some
problems with the keyboard on pentium machines, or something like that.  So
I need to look into this issue.

The only thing I'm wondering about is the terminal client.  I used the
hyperterminal included with WinXP.  Basically, I needed to use the jaws
cursor to read the output, but I also have some sight and used zoomtext to
verify what jaws was reading and making sure I read everything.  Is there a
better term client to use with JFW and WinXP?
Also, any suggestions or comments regarding my keyboard issue would be
BTW, it looks like the bootup sequence didn't recognize any of my PCI cards.
However, the mouse, hard drive, floppy, and cd rom appear to have been
detected correctly.

-- Rob
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