Hardware configuration overview

SCO OpenServer configuration interfaces

SCOadmin managers are provided to configure and manage a broad range of hardware devices, as well as for other administrative tasks. These management interfaces allow you to display and modify configuration parameters for specific device types. They are particularly useful in displaying ranges of values appropriate to that device.

One of the SCOadmin managers is the Device Configuration Utility (DCU). The DCU allows you to display and modify device-specific configuration parameters for many devices that are stored in the in-core Resource Manager database. The DCU is particularly useful for detecting and resolving conflicts between configured devices, determining free parameter values when adding ISA (Industry Standard Architecture) hardware that is not auto-detected or auto-configured, and configuring ISA device controllers.

NOTE: We recommend that you use the appropriate SCOadmin manager for device-specific configuration and modifications. The DCU is best used for system monitoring, troubleshooting, and special configuration scenarios. It cannot be used successfully with all devices; see the device-specific SCOadmin manager documentation appropriate to your system for more information.

The Resource Manager database can also be displayed and modified with the resmgr(ADM) command line utility. However, directly editing Resource Manager entries requires particular caution to avoid disabling your system, and we recommend the device-specific SCOadmin managers or the DCU because of their safeguards and error-checking.

To install and configure device drivers:

  1. If required, configure the hardware. This may entail:

  2. Physically install the hardware device in your system.

  3. Install the device driver software package if it is not already on your system.

  4. Run the appropriate SCOadmin manager to configure the driver. Some devices require you to rebuild your kernel after configuring new drivers.

Use device-specific SCOadmin managers or the DCU to install and configure these devices:

Use the Printer Setup Manager to:

Use ``The Network Configuration Manager interface'' to configure LAN network adapter drivers and LAN protocols.

For more information, see ``Configuring network connections''.

Use the Video Configuration Manager to:

Use the Modem Configuration Manager to:

For more information, see ``Adding modems''.

Serial lines
Use the Serial Manager to configure individual serial ports on COM1: through COM4:.

Mass storage
Use the Device Configuration Utility (DCU) to add support for tape, CD-ROM, and hard disk drives that were not auto-detected during the installation process. You can run the DCU directly (mkdev dcu) or access it from the Hardware/Kernel Manager.

For more information, see Mass storage devices overview.

Other devices
Use the Hardware/Kernel Manager to add support for other devices, such as mice and parallel ports.

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SCO OpenServer Release 6.0.0 -- 03 June 2005