Hacking the Whistle InterJet
Installing FreeBSD on a Whistle InterJet
The InterJet BIOS is pretty customized. Trying to install an OS directly
onto the unit is difficult at best. Add the fact that there's no
floppy or CDROM, and things get downright tricky.
The easiest thing to do is to cheat. Here's how to get the most
flexibility for later tinkering.
- Get FreeBSD.
- Install a <8G, cool-running hard drive as the only drive on a generic x86 box.
- Install FreeBSD from scratch.
- Assign an IP or use DHCP as needed. Later, you'll want
to know what IP the unit has if your console isn't working.
- During the initial install process, we encourage you to install the recommended packages listed on our components page, especially
- Set console to COM1.
- enable ttyd0 in /etc/ttys
- echo -P > /boot.config
- If using 5.x,
enable/disable all Interjet-specific hardware settings in the kernel.
To do this, modify /boot/device.hints as shown in
- Reboot. If you're using 5.x, there is sometimes a boot problem
- Verify that console works (9600,8N1). Verify SSH access as well.
- Transplant the hard drive, the network card, and the VGA card back into the InterJet.
- Get on the console with a null-modem cable and your favorite terminal program.
- Verify network connectivity
to patch the system:
- cp -p /usr/local/etc/freebsd-update.conf.sample /usr/local/etc/freebsd-update.conf
- freebsd-update fetch
- freebsd-update install
- Reboot and verify that everything boots cleanly.
INTERESTING FACT: The Storm Whistle is
purported to be the loudest emergency whistle in the world.
was last updated: 2016-10-15