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Old 17th July 2008
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Both Lucas' Absolute FreeBSD & Absolute OpenBSD mention the PC Weasel found at:

http://www.realweasel.com/

...which is essentially a video card/keyboard emulator for i386 which outputs the signal through a serial connection. This allows anyone connected via a null modem cable to access the system's BIOS during boot.

I sent inquiries to info@ a week ago which are still unanswered. Mail sent today to sales@ bounced. The phone operator in Calgary says that the phone number found on their Webpage is no longer in service. Yeah, it looks like they are no longer in business, but I thought I'd ask the gentle readership here.

If anyone has information on this company or another reliable serial/video/keyboard emulator for i386, I like to hear about your experience.
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Don't know anything about it, but there is one on Ebay....
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Don't know anything about it, but there is one on Ebay....
Thanks.

For anyone interested, Michael Lucas responded to private email stating that the company folded shortly after the release of the second edition of Complete FreeBSD.
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There is one on Ebay... only 1, so... shall we fight over it? or will you generously back down?

EDIT: Do the order forms on the site still work? have you attempted to place an order?

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...or will you generously back down?
Go for it. I needed several, but if the company has vaporized, one won't do me a lot of good. I was hoping to avoid the need of tying in a KVM setup, but now it looks like I don't have a choice.
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I don't know. I wanted to get some technical questions answered first (ie. Can they coexist with video cards?), so I didn't get that far.
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I don't believe they can coexist, because they take over the role of video card as far as the BIOS is concerned... was only kidding btw, can't afford one via their site or Ebay, food is more important this week.

It's sad though, doesn't seem like there are any resellers or alternatives... if this company does vaporize, it'll be near impossible to buy one.

According to the site, the cards "open source".. documentation is included, along with microcontroller source, would be nice if that was at least publicly available.
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I don't believe they can coexist, because they take over the role of video card as far as the BIOS is concerned
I agree, but I wanted them to confirm this before I ordered. Anyway, it's a moot point now.

HP & Dell have similar products, but unfortunately, reviews don't indicate that they are as good. I also suspect they may be specific to their own hardware, but I have not confirmed this assumption. In any event, it looks like the KVM market has won. Bummer.
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One German seller at ebay has a few "PC Weasel PCI VGA" for 99€ / ~ $156
Where are you from? You can ask him if he ships outside of Europe.
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I visited a computer show a few years ago where I saw a similar product. The documentation however is somewhere in one of the 50 boxes I still did not manage to unpack
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I believe eRIC G4 cards from raritan.info do a similar job. I don't know the exact price but some datacenters sell them with their hosted root servers for 150 EUR.
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