Update: This procedure does not work with Mac OS X 10.5.7. Some people have reported luck with the Keyspan USA-19HS.It shouldn't be this hard to talk to a Cisco switch via RS232. I got most of this information from this post.
First, don't install the driver that comes on the CD with the product! You will need to install the driver from the Taiwanese manufacturer that makes the underlying chipset. If you need to uninstall the old driver, use something similar to the following (depending on version number), and if you mess up your system and render it unbootable, it's not my fault:
sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/ProlificUsbSerial.kext sudo rm -fr /System/Library/Extensions/ProlificUsbSerial.kext/ sudo rm -fr /Library/Receipts/PL2303_1.0.8.pkg/After installing the correct driver, reboot your system and follow the instructions where you edit the Info.plist file with the values reported by System Profiler. My decimal values were the same as in the article.
Access the network properties window in System Preferences, select "Network Port Configurations" from the "Show" pulldown list, and ensure that "usbserial" is listed and checked. You should now see the device /dev/tty.usbserial
Now download ZTerm and select "Settings -> Modem Preferences" and select "usbserial". Remove the Initialize field from "Modem Setup strings". Change the speed and parity in the "Settings -> Connection" pulldown. You're done.
If you're trying to access the console on a Sun via LOM Port A, you will need to modify the Zterm application to send the correct break signal by typing the following line in a terminal window:
defaults write com.mac.dalverson.ZTerm breakSim '300'Then restart Zterm and you can type Apple-B to send a proper break signal.
Your CableCARDs may not sync until you download an update to the Tivo software that is installed by the CD. I could not access HD channels until version 11 software was downloaded and installed. Don't call your cable company to mess with your CableCARDs until you do this step. You can wait for the Tivo to download it automatically or initiate it yourself by going into the Network settings.
My Series 1 Tivo has a CacheCard with an Ethernet port. The CacheCard driver CD automatically installs the initrd hack that allows you to telnet and FTP to the Tivo. FTP the vserver program to the specified directory (mine was /var/hack/bin), add a line to /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit so that it starts on every Tivo reboot:
root# cat >> /etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit /var/hack/bin/vserver &Be sure to use two >> to append to the file instead of overwriting it. Press Return and then Control-D to close the file and exit cat.
If you don't like TivoTool, you can also try this.
When you install FreeBSD, make /usr 4GB instead of the default 2GB so that make buildworld doesn't fill it up.
The secret is to use Docbook within the confines of /usr/doc. If you try to compile a SGML file outside of that directory structure, the compilation will fail no matter how many environment variables you tweak.
Recompile the kernel to use the ath device (see ath manpage), kldload wlan_tkip so that authentication will work, specify wpa-psk in wpa_supplicant.conf, and run wpa_supplicant as a daemon.
# ifconfig ath0 protmode off
Turning off CTS protection prevents a bug in the ath driver from causing a kernel panic.