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Old 12-26-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
Amaranthus
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linux installation without display / serial console only


Happy xmas to all of You!
My question is how to prepare a hard drive (Practically a 256MB IDE disk on moudule) to run a linux installation on a machine which doesn't have a display card.
The only device which can be used as the standard output is the serial port on it.
My fist attempt was a DOS solution ( ctty command in the autoexec.bat) but how does it work under linux?
My final goal is to access the MBO via it's LAN interface and control relays/motors remotely in the future.
Any suggestions on the info how to change the console settings from the VGA card to a serial port on a linux boot disk at boot time are welcome
 
Old 12-26-2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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If I remember...

I think that you need a graphics card of some sort for most PC systems to boot. You don't have to use it, but the BIOS expects it to be present and it is a BIOS feature that cannot be overridden. However, you can use another system to boot something such as a server having no graphics(headless) Motherboards designed for server use may natively boot as headless.

Try to google linux headless to see if there is a workaround for directly booting a single PC linux system without graphics.

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 12-26-2009 at 08:13 PM.
 
Old 12-28-2009, 03:44 AM   #3
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"Headless linux" google results seem promising, thank you!
 
Old 12-28-2009, 05:43 AM   #4
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Welcome...

Will you be so kind as to post back when you have some results of your project. I would be interested in learning more; headless linux is nothing I have used or needed so is nothing I have ever set up.
 
  


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