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Old 06-30-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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Question [SOLVED] Which Linux distro to boot and access Windows computer with broken monitor?


I was stupid enough to carry a working Windows laptop on the front rack of my bicycle, and now, the monitor is dead

The computer itself seems to boot OK.

Before sending it back for repair, I'd like to make sure it's just the monitor, so I was thinking of burning a Linux rescue USB keydrive with a basic distro that launches an SSH server, and connect to it from another computer through an SSH connection.

Does someone know of a simple distro for USB that will do this, preferably without having to configure anything (eg. generating SSH keys and/or password), ie. a plug and play solution.

And how will I know which IP address the DHCP server assigned to the laptop?

Thank you.

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Have you tried connecting an external monitor to the laptop. I believe the default setup should work and you should see the desktop by cycling the F8 function key. It should switch from internal, to both to external.
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Thanks for the idea, it worked. I'll tell the techies to just replace the monitor.


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