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Communications setup

The next step is to set up the PC's port, by doing something like this in DOS on the PC:

C:\> MODE com1:9600,n,8,1,none

This example--run on an MS DOS 4.0 system--sets the PC port to 9600 bps, no parity, eight data bits, one stop bit, and no "retry" action; you must match the communications parameters when establishing the Unix end of the connection as well.

To give control of the PC to the Unix side of the serial line, type the following at the DOS console:

C:\> CTTY com1

(Later, if you wish to return control to the DOS console, you can use the command CTTY con---but you must send it over the device that had control, in our example over the `COM1' serial line).

From the Unix host, use a communications program such as tip or cu to communicate with the PC; for example,

cu -s 9600 -l /dev/ttya

The cu options shown specify, respectively, the linespeed and the serial port to use. If you use tip instead, your command line may look something like the following:

tip -9600 /dev/ttya

Your system may require a different name where we show `/dev/ttya' as the argument to tip. The communications parameters, including which port to use, are associated with the tip argument in the "remote" descriptions file--normally the system table `/etc/remote'.

Using the tip or cu connection, change the DOS working directory to the directory containing a copy of your 29K program, then start the PC program EBMON (an EB29K control program supplied with your board by AMD). You should see an initial display from EBMON similar to the one that follows, ending with the EBMON prompt `#'---

C:\> G:

G:\> CD \usr\joe\work29k

Am29000 PC Coprocessor Board Monitor, version 3.0-18
Copyright 1990 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Written by Gibbons and Associates, Inc.

Enter '?' or 'H' for help

PC Coprocessor Type   = EB29K
I/O Base              = 0x208
Memory Base           = 0xd0000

Data Memory Size      = 2048KB
Available I-RAM Range = 0x8000 to 0x1fffff
Available D-RAM Range = 0x80002000 to 0x801fffff

PageSize              = 0x400
Register Stack Size   = 0x800
Memory Stack Size     = 0x1800

CPU PRL               = 0x3
Am29027 Available     = No
Byte Write Available  = Yes

# ~.

Then exit the cu or tip program (done in the example by typing ~. at the EBMON prompt). EBMON keeps running, ready for GDB to take over.

For this example, we've assumed what is probably the most convenient way to make sure the same 29K program is on both the PC and the Unix system: a PC/NFS connection that establishes "drive G:" on the PC as a file system on the Unix host. If you do not have PC/NFS or something similar connecting the two systems, you must arrange some other way--perhaps floppy-disk transfer--of getting the 29K program from the Unix system to the PC; GDB does not download it over the serial line.

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