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This software installation guide is provided to help users successfully install the Echo/Dflex/ISA, DFlex/104 or Xtreme/104 serial adapters under a Sun Solaris. These instructions apply to Sun Solaris 2.6 (version 6) and later.
Before beginning the software installation, please be sure to read the product manual that came with your serial adapter for hardware installation/configuration instructions
Before you begin the software installation procedure, the system has to be set up so that the Connect Tech serial adapter is recognized correctly.
Before you physically install your serial adapter in a PC/104 or ISA slot, enter the following command from a Solaris shell:
This will cause the system to reboot. Before Solaris gets an opportunity to boot back up, shut down the system. Please refer to the Connect Tech User’s Manual for hardware installation instructions. Install the serial adapter in an available slot on your system and power-up the computer.
Device Configuration Assistant
While the system is booting up, there is a five second countdown where the Escape key can be hit to go into the Device Configuration Assistant.
Hit the Escape key when you see this prompt. The system will now say that it is preparing the Device Configuration Assistant. Hit the Escape key one more time, or the system will boot Solaris as normal.
For Solaris 2.8 users, you will most likely have to select the partition you wish to boot before pressing the initial Escape key to get into the Device Configuration Assistant
Using the Device Configuration Assistant
NOTE: If this procedure is done incorrectly, the entire installation process will have to be re-done. Make sure you know the hardware settings that you have configured on your adapter before using the Device Configuration Assistant.
The Device Configuration Assistant menu should now be displayed. Please follow these steps to ensure a successful install:
- Hit the F2 key to perform a full hardware device scan.
- After the scan is done, hit the F4 key to go to the Device Tasks screen.
- Select View/Edit Devices, and hit F2 to continue.
- A list of devices should now appear. Look for entries listed as Boca Board serial ports. If they appear, we will have to delete them. If the Boca Board serial ports are not listed, skip to Step #7.
- If the Boca Board serial ports are listed, select one of the serial ports, and hit F4 to delete the device entry.
- Repeat step 5 until all of the Boca Board serial ports are removed.
- Hit F3 to add a new device.
- From the list that appears, select Serial Port and hit F2 to continue.
- A new screen will show up where you can configure the settings of one of your Connect Tech serial ports. Select Port, and hit F2 to continue.
- Enter the starting Port I/O address that you have configured manually on your Connect Tech serial adapter, and hit F2 to continue.
- Select IRQ and hit F2 to continue.
- Enter the IRQ value, followed by an ‘s’. Example: If you have selected IRQ 10, enter 10s for the IRQ value. Hit the F2 key to continue.
- You do not have to configure the other entries for the port. Hit F4 to add the device.
- Repeat steps 7 through 14 for each Connect Tech serial port on your adapter.
- After you have added all of the Connect Tech serial ports, hit F2 to continue.
- Select Save Configuration, and hit F2 to continue.
- Enter any name for your new configuration, and hit F2 to continue.
- Hit F3 to go back.
- Hit F2 to continue. Once you have successfully completed these steps, Solaris will load the com.bef driver, which may take several minutes depending on your system. Once the driver has finished loading, you will be brought to the Boot Solaris screen. Select to boot from the hard drive, and select F2 to continue. Your Solaris system will now reboot
Finishing the Installation
- When the system reaches the point during the reboot process where you prompted to Select (b)oot or (i)nterpreter, enter the following at the command prompt:
Select (b)oot or (i)nterpreter: b -r
- Once Solaris comes up, enter the following command to see if Solaris correctly recognized the serial adapter:
In the output, you should see the following lines:
asy, instance X
asy, instance X
asy, instance X
asy, instance X
Where X is a decimal number (X will usually start at 2). You will have as many of the asy entries as you do ports on your Connect Tech serial adapter.The serial devices will be located in both the /dev/cua directory and the dev/term directory. In these directories, you should see entries such as a, b, c, d, etc… which represent COM1, COM2, COM3, COM4 etc…
The number of entries that are in these directories depends on the number of ports you have on your serial adapter.
- Once you have seen the devices listed in the /dev/cua and /dev/term directories, you need to add the devices into the Devices file. This file is located in /etc/uucp directory. To do so, issue the following command:# vi /etc/uucp/Devices
This will open the Devices file using the vi text editor. You can use any text editor that you like. Add the following entries to the Devices file:
Direct cua/a – 9600 direct
Direct cua/b – 9600 direct
Direct cua/c – 9600 direct
Direct cua/d – 9600 direct
Of course, if you have more than 4 ports you would continue with e, f, g, h and so on. After you edit this file you are ready to use the Connect Tech multi-port serial adapter