Non-graphic install procedure?

I’ve tried searching the forum, but have not found what I’m looking for.

I’m trying to install 11.1 on an IBM 7026-6H1 power4 server with 6 processors and about 18G of RAM. Since it does not have a DVD drive, my only option (as far as I know) is to boot from CD and do a network install.

I got the server to boot from the CD, but the boot hangs unless the ASCII console is connected to the serial port. With the ASCII console connected, I get a row of Tux penguins on the graphic display, and I get text prompts related to installation on the ASCII console. Nothing else ever appears on the graphic display.

Everything seems to go OK at first. The server seems to be contacting the repository server at and finding the installation image. But, then I get a screen full of mostly gibberish with some text about licensing. At that point, I can’t figure out what key strokes will allow me to continue with the install. It seems to me that the install is trying to display graphic information on the ASCII console.

So, my question is: is there a way to do the install from the ASCII console with readable text, or is some setting I need to know about to get the installation to use the graphic display?