Supported Serial Ports
SuperI/O with integrated UARTs
coreboot supports a variety of SuperI/O chips with UART functionality. If your mainboard has a serial port built-in, you can use it with no or minimal changes.
PCIe/Mini PCIe based serial cards
Experimental coreboot and libpayload support is available for the StarTech MPEX2S952 card. Those cards are available at Amazon for around 60 USD. In order to use the card for romstage debugging, minimal setup of the PCIe bridge and the MPEX2S952 have to be added to romstage.c, otherwise the card is only available after the resource allocator has been running.
USB to Serial Converters
USB to serial converters are not supported by coreboot at this time.
Enabling Serial Console
In order to get serial console output from various components of your system special options may be needed. This page tries to give a short description of how to use these options.
In coreboot you have to set up serial console support during configuration. Enable Console--> Serial port console output. You will be able to choose the UART and baud rate settings in the same menu.
FILO picks up coreboot's serial console configuration, if compiled with serial console support.
In your boot/grub/menu.lst add the following:
serial --unit=0 --speed=115200 terminal --timeout=15 serial console
Change --unit=0 to --unit=1 for the second serial port (COM2).
The usual way to get serial is to have the following in /etc/default/grub:
GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT="console serial" GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT="console serial" GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND="serial --speed=115200 --unit=0 --word=8 --parity=no --stop=1"
But that depend on having console(and so graphics) working(if console fails serial isn't tried), so adding the following to the end of /etc/grub.d/40_custom
serial --speed=115200 --unit=0 --word=8 --parity=no --stop=1 terminal_input --append serial terminal_output --append serial set timeout=1 play 480 440 1
Then regenrate the grub config: For debian, ubuntu, trisquel:
for arch, parabola:
grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
Linux kernel command line
to send debug output to both the serial console on COM1 and to VGA.
if you use grub2 you can add it to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in /etc/default/grub
Linux login prompt
In /etc/inittab add/enable a line like this:
T0:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS0 115200 vt100
Change ttyS0 to ttyS1 for COM2.
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