I’ve been recently fashioned by Zeroshell project, a very well documented project run by an italian guy who made a splendid job.
I tried to set it up on a VIA based appliance with Intel 1 Ghz processor and 1 Gb RAM, using 1 Gb Compact Flash and the image provided in download section of Zeroshell web site.
Everything went smooth, except that when I booted the appliance the BIOS information was displayed correctly, but as soon as Zeroshell boot started I saw crappy characters on screen.
After some investigation and some good hints from a friend, I found where the problem was and, as usual, here’s a tech note to avoid again this investigation in the future.
The issue was that appliance BIOS was set to redirect console to serial port with settings normally in use: 9600 bps, 8N1
…while Zeroshell defaults in its boot to more performing (but also less “default”) 38400.