Yesterday i finally got my PCEngines Alix 2d13 for my newest geek project. Its a small embedded board, perfect for running a linux distribution and acting as a firewall.
Connecting the serial console
Since the board has no vga/hid connector, you have to use a serial console connection to actually interact with your alix. Since none of my other boxes has a serial connector i ordered a USB to Serial Adapter. You have to enable the right kernel module for the cable. In my case it was a Prolific 2303:
Device Drivers USB support (USB_SUPPORT [=y]) USB Serial Converter support (USB_SERIAL [=y]) <*> USB Prolific 2303 Single Port Serial Driver
After connecting the cable to your USB Port
dmesg tells you the device name:
pl2303 1-1.6:1.0: pl2303 converter detected usb 1-1.6: pl2303 converter now attached to **ttyUSB0**
Now, connect to the box with your favourite serial terminal program (e.g. net- dialup/minicom) using the following settings:
Device: /dev/ttyUSB0 (or /dev/ttyS0 for a real serial connection) Bps: 38400 Parity: None Data: 8 Stop: 1
Power on the alix. You should see the alix booting. If the console show weird characters, try varying the Bitrate. To boot from the CF card, i had to set the harddisk mode to LBA in the BIOS (To enter the BIOS, press S during the memtest).
Now, let us install Gentoo Linux on the alix.