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Old 06-27-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
mlefevre
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I want to convert mt server to headless


I have a Centos 5 installation that I did with a PCIe video card. Now that the install in complete, I'd like to convert the system to headless. I have modified the menu.lst file so that the serial port is the console and I've made sure that a getty is running on the serail port after boot.

However, if I remove the video card, the system never boots. Of course, I cannot tell what it is doing but it never gets to the point where grub outputs on the console.

The only hint I have is that if I put the original video card back in, it works fine. If I put another, different video card in, it won't boot. This second card has a different video chipset so that may be an issue.

Does anyone have any idea what the proper procedure is for beheading a linux system?

Thanks,
Marc
 
Old 06-27-2010, 10:34 AM   #2
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Well if you haven't specified the run level to boot into, then removing the card will leave X with nowhere to go. Edit /etc/inittab and change the default run level to 3.
 
  


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