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Old 04-15-2003, 05:07 AM   #1
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networked disk :)

Hello gentlemen,

I have a problem with a redhat 8 machine. I've bought my machine home only to find its dead. As in it "don't start up no mo"

Problem 1.

No monitor, no keyboard.

Question 1.

Can i get a boot disk that has ssh (dhcp network support) or telnet, so i can get remote access to the box, without configuration.
The reason i want this is becuase i have backed up every filesystem bar swap onto my tertiary harddisk array. I used WEBMIN to back up the filesystems, that said i have no idea how to restore the files without webmins pretty interface.

On top of that, problem 1 is absolute, there is no way in hell i can get a monitor, you may ask, well how's he writing this post or why dont he get tv out? well becuase this is laptop...and becuase it doesn't have tv out and its 30 pounds that i dont have.

So if you guys have any ideas (i suspect you as guru's know all and will probably call me a house short of a brick)



P.S i'm not bothered what error message is stopping my machine from booting becuase the backups are clean. (if its my filesystem, ill restore that too.)
Old 04-15-2003, 09:24 AM   #2
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First, is the machine able to boot up or not? Or is it just the monitor and keyboard? I'd suggest testing another keyboard or monitor, definitely sounds like a hardware issue though. Unfortunately I don't think your going to have any luck finding a boot disk with telnet or ssh, cause you'd have to perform some kind of configuration to get it on the network, unless your really good at guess typing, but with no keyboard, that's out of the question.

If you have files on the hard drive that are really important, and you can't get nothing to boot up say with monitor or keyboard, I'd suggest taking the hard drive out, ask a friend or someone if you can mount the drive on their computer to copy the needed files over.. etc.
Old 04-15-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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oki doki.

Right, if i took my server somewhere with a monitor and keyboard, how do i go about restoring backup files made by webmin?

i dont want to have to install rh again, so i need to be able to restore by 2 methods

1. using my boot disk
2. somehow getting a shell prompt

the error is the same error that i've had before (see my previous thread)



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