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Booting Manually from the Boot Monitor

You can boot a terminal manually from the Boot Monitor prompt (>). This is useful if:

You can invoke the Boot Monitor by pressing the Escape key while address requests are being broadcast to the network-before you see the word loaded. After you press the Escape key, the Boot Monitor prompt appears.

You can access the Boot Monitor after the X server is running by using a key combination, listed in Table 4-16. Accessing the Boot Monitor while clients are running, however, may cause unpredictable behavior.

Table 4-16 Boot Monitor Access Key Combinations
Keyboard Type
Key Combination
101-key Ctrl-Left Alt-Setup
Windows 95-compatible, IBM PS/2, US English, and 102-key CapsLock-Left Alt-Setup
VT220-compatible Ctrl-Compose-F3
108-key Ctrl-Left Alt-F3
97-key Left Alt-Caps Lock-Setup
107-key (Sun Type-4-compatible) Stop-A (L1-A)
122-key and 3270-compatible Lexmark Alt Rule-Home
123-key (Sun Type-5-compatible) Stop-A (L1-A)

Manual Boot from a PCMCIA Card

To load the server manually from a PCMCIA card, use the bl command:

> bl

Manual Boot Using TFTP or NFS

To load the server manually using TFTP, use the bt command:

> bt [file] [ terminal_IP host_IP ] [ gateway_IP ] [ subnet_mask ] ]

To load the server manually using NFS, use the bn command:

> bn [file] [ terminal_IP host_IP ] [ gateway_IP ] [ subnet_mask ] ]


file Is the name of the server to load
terminal_IP Is the IP address of the terminal
host_IP Is the IP address of the boot host
gateway_IP Is the IP address of the gateway
subnet_mask Is the subnet mask, specified in decimal-dot format or as a hexadecimal number

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