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Old 01-12-2005, 08:06 AM   #1
Raymond Day
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Install with no video card how?

I have a Toshiba Magnia SG20. It comes with there own Linux. I would like to install Fedora. It does have a video card port and one time I put a video card in there and it loaded windows XP. But there is a top board that has 1 WAN and 7 LAN ports + a wireless slot. This board can not be plug in wile a video card is in. It only has about 1/2 inch. over the slot for the video card when the top board is in.

When I load Fedora core 3 with the video card but no top Ethernet board then take the video card out. It will not boot. I don't even hear the hard drive clicking.

I was thinking if could make or some one all ready has made a fedora boot ISO DVD that can auto load with out any user input. Just pick a lot of defolts. To format the drive and do DHCP stuff like that.

Is there a ISO like that?

I all ready had 2 computers side by side loading Fedora but could not see the video on the SG20. I just typed on the keyboard the same at the computer I had video on. But that did not work.

I think I could hook up a RS232 to this. Would there be any were to have the input and video go out the RS232 port?

I don't know looks like no one has loaded Fedora on a SG20. Maybe it can't be done.

-Raymond Day
Old 01-12-2005, 10:56 AM   #2
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I don't know if I get the problem right, but here are some suggestions:

- You could auto boot using another distro, and once that one is booted, install Fedora from there.
Bootcd's I know capable of booting without user-input are gentoo (live-cd's, minimal ones), and the ones of OpenBSD). Once they're booted, in case of gentoo, you can't take out the cd.
The advantage of OpenBSD (, search for download-mirrors) is you can use a floppy to boot, and work from there, and insert a Fedora cd in the cdrom drive.

Did you install a boot manager? Did it exit with errors?
The problem could also be related to LILO maybe, does the screen display anything at all if you try to boot Fedora? Does it show a Lilo or Grub message (don't know if you use one of these 2)? Is the right boot medium selected in the BIOS (should be the hard drive where you installed Fedora).

Good luck!

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