excessive dots during HPUX startup

two ways to mitigate a bunch of dots during the startup script process on HP-UX:
Change the GSP/MP/iLO "asynchronous" port to the correct terminal
type: vt100 verses HPTERM. usually you can get in and do a "CA"
(configure asynchronous) and change the console terminal type there.

One suggestion I've seen on the HP forums is to try setting
"LIST_MODE=1" in /etc/rc.config.d/list_mode, rather than the default
value of zero. This forces the startup to use the same line-oriented
mode regardless of the terminal type. It might be worth a try.