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Date:      Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:08:06 -0600
From:      Derek Ragona <derek@computinginnovations.com>
To:        David Tenney <davidatenney@gmail.com>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 9.2 won't boot without a video console under KVM
Message-ID:  <6.0.0.22.2.20140123150005.0665e0c8@mail.computinginnovations.com>
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At 01:06 PM 1/23/2014, David Tenney wrote:
>I'm trying to run a FreeBSD 9.2 64-bit installation under KVM, but am
>having issues when I remove the video hardware and install a serial console
>connection. The installation boots just fine when video/Cirrus hardware is
>provided to the virtual machine, but once it is removed, the installation
>stops at the BTX loader and causes KVM to go into Paused mode, which cannot
>be returned to Running. Here is a list of adjustments that were made to
>configuration files:
>
>/etc/ttys:
>
>ttyu0   "/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"   vt100   on secure
>
>/boot/defaults/loader.conf:
>
>console="comconsole"
>
>/boot.config:
>
>echo "-hP" > /boot.config
>
>Any help would be great. Thanks!
>
>--
>David


I have systems setup to do serial and regular consoles.  In my setup I 
access the serial console over lan via ipmitool.

In loader.conf I have
comsole="comconsole,vidconsole"
comconsole_speed="115200"
boot_multicons="YES"
boot_serial="YES"

Along with some hint.uart settings such as:
hint.uart.2.baud="115200"
hint.uart.2.port="0x3e8"
hint.uart.2.irq="10"
hint.uart.2.flags="0x10"

         -Derek 

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