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etherboot: unable to open an initial console.

I am trying to boot a diskless client and I receive the above error.

Some additional information:

I have no display and therefore, I have set up linux to use the serial port
(ttyS0) as the console.  In /dev, I have created a symbolic link console ->

I have NFS Root Filesystem enabled.

Below is a complete printout of what appears on my hyperterminal from the
moment boot starts.

Thanks in advance for any help,



ROM segment 0xC800 length 0x8000 reloc 0x9800
Etherboot/32 version 4.5.6 (GPL) for [EEPRO100]
Found Intel EtherExpressPro100 at 0xE400, ROM address 0x00000000
Probing...[EEPRO100]Ethernet addr: 00:80:82:26:01:50
eeprom[6] = 4701
Searching for server (DHCP)...
Me:, Server:
Loading /tftpboot/vmlinuz.xterm (NBI)... done

Linux Net Boot Image Loader Version 0.8.1 (etherboot)
Copyright (C) 1996,1997 G. Kuhlmann and M. Gutschke
Copyright (C) 1995-1998 G. Kuhlmann

Header addr = 9320:0000
BOOTP addr = 93C1:000C
Dynamic memory start: 9360
Kernel start: 9020:0000
Kernel image: 00100000
Using bootp record, vendor ID is 0000
Static memory start: 9A00
Address of command line: 9000:B000
Linux version 2.2.14 (root@bootpserver) (gcc version #5 Tue Jul 11
8:47 MDT 2000
Detected 501143221 Hz processor.
Calibrating delay loop... 499.71 BogoMIPS
Memory: 128272k/131072k available (724k kernel code, 552k reserved, 1484k
40k init)
Dentry hash table entries: 16384 (order 5, 128k)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 131072 (order 7, 512k)
Page cache hash table entries: 32768 (order 5, 128k)
Pentium-III serial number disabled.
CPU: Intel Pentium III (Coppermine) stepping 01
Checking 386/387 coupling... OK, FPU using exception 16 error reporting.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfb100
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.2
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0 for Linux NET4.0.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
TCP: Hash tables configured (ehash 131072 bhash 65536)
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd v 1.5
Serial driver version 4.27 with no serial options enabled
keyboard: Too many NACKs -- noisy kbd cable?
keyboard: Too many NACKs -- noisy kbd cable?
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
loop: registered device at major 7
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
eth0: OEM i82557/i82558 10/100 Ethernet at 0xe400, 00:80:82:26:01:50, IRQ
  Board assembly 000000-000, Physical connectors present: RJ45
  Primary interface chip i82555 PHY #1.
  General self-test: passed.
  Serial sub-system self-test: passed.
  Internal registers self-test: passed.
  ROM checksum self-test: passed (0x04f4518b).
  Receiver lock-up workaround activated.
Looking up port of RPC 100003/2 on
Looking up port of RPC 100005/1 on
VFS: Mounted root (NFS filesystem).
Freeing unused kernel memory: 40k freed
Warning: unable to open an initial console.
Kernel panic: No init found.  Try passing init= option to kernel.

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