Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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There should be 2 buttons, red and black. The black button causes a breakpoint in the machine instruction (OS) and the red is a vary hard reset button -- same as a power cycle.
The serial port is only good if you have a "Debug" build, usually from a "Daily" build as built by the Buildmonkey. If you have a debug build, you will see all the workings as the box boots up and operates. It also has a very limited shell.
A debug build also gives you access to all the extended Webtv boot codes. As you enter the code (while powered off) you both get the front panel light flash and also a shell message.
With a debug build, you can boot code into "Connect" and get a screen to connect to your own running WTV server, also called a "Personal Service".