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Old 08-25-2004, 12:19 AM   #1
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installing linux blind

Is there a way I can install linux (SuSE) through ethernet onto a PC without a video card? I plan to use it as a backup server for my homework and as a music server. I have a DVDROM and ethernet on the PC in question. I can connect it to two other PCs on linux on my network, so how can I proceed? Please advise.
Old 08-25-2004, 03:20 AM   #2
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Does the BIOS allow booting without a graphics
card is more to the point. I don't know of any
BIOS' that do ;)

Old 08-25-2004, 08:34 AM   #3
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Easy solution is to borrow a video-card to use while installing and remove it afterwards. This assumes that your bios will start the machine without a video-card as mr. Tinkster said.
Old 08-25-2004, 08:53 AM   #4
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Yeah. I don't think that would be realistic. Your BIOS is going to bitch, moan, and groan that it doesn't have a graphics adapter. And even if it does let you boot, Linux will probably give you a bunch of errors as well, saying that it can't communicate with your non-existant graphics hardware. You could put in a super-cheap $5 VGA adapter, but not connect a monitor. That would work.
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Monitor-less (not videocard-less) installations can be done on fedora using the VNC mode in anaconda.
Old 08-26-2004, 01:38 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help, I think I'll follow your advice and add a cheap video card.
Old 08-27-2004, 04:57 PM   #7
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cardless booting

I think I had a board that had an award bios. one of the setting was "halt on" errors. if you set it to halt on no errors it booted without a video card. but you needed a videocard in it to set the setting to begin with. I am pretty sure it booted fine for me wi/out a video card but that was 4 years ago so my memory may be suspect.

on a humorus and slightly unrelated note.
I do remeber in one bios manual said that if there were five beeps it meant that the bios did not detect a speaker present.


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