In message <Pine.OSF.3.95q.970312165454.32229Afirstname.lastname@example.org> Ryan
: > By work, I mean the following: will the BIOS ignore the thing until
: > it is booted (via a serial console, say), when the OS can then take
: > over and dittle the video card in a standard way. A $35 ISA card is a
: > whole lot cheaper than the $315 Carrara one, no?
: Sure it is. But it won't work. The MIPS Magnum console doesn't know how
: to use normal ISA video cards, and can't/won't send its display to them.
So the normal ISA cards are ignored, which is OK. Once the kernel
gets running, it (eg Linux or OpenBSD) can initialize the standard ISA
card (maybe the drivers for these need help, but it could do that).
So there is no way to have a console that is directed to one of the
serial ports rather than the special video card? And therefore the
boot process will completely fail?