After finding out that I could redirect serial console output, I purchased a USB to Serial TTL PL2303HX (Prolific chipset) from eBay.

Next step was to connect the serial adapter to the Pi.

I have downloaded RPI Installer from http://www.raspbian.org/RaspbianInstaller, and copied the files onto my FAT formatted SDCard.

I have tried connecting via Putty but I get a blank terminal screen.

Question: What other steps do I need?

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In the files extracted from the RPI Installer, I had to edit cmdline.txt and change this line:

console=ttyAMA0,115200 kgdboc=ttyAMA0,115200 console=tty1


console=ttyAMA0,115200 kgdboc=ttyAMA0,115200 console=ttyAMA0,115200

After making that change, I could boot up my Pi and the console was showing in the putty session, allowing me to install Raspian.

NOTE: To connect from windows:

  1. open device manager and find the COM port for the prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (e.g. COM14).
  2. open putty
  3. select serial as the Connection Type
  4. enter the comm port from windows device manager (e.g. COM14) in the Serial Line field
  5. set Speed to 115200.
  6. If you see a blank screen in Putty, press enter and you should see the setup screen.

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