how to install ubuntu to a box without display monitor?
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Sun Apr 13 17:11:52 UTC 2008
On Sunday 13 April 2008 15:57:25 webflier wrote:
> Dear all,
> i have a box without display monitor, how can i install ubuntu?
> the box has a dvd-rom and a network adapter.
> is there any workarounds?
Once upon a time, when I used to use SuSE, and it was so long ago it was spelt
SuSE, there used to be an VNC install option on the boot command line. This
option may have been something standard in the kernal, I just remember it was
SuSE I was playing with at the time.
At boot time you would pass an IP address that the VNC client was going to be
hanging off and you would control the install, from the local CD/DVD, of
that machine from the remote machine, through the VNC session. While this
did work, you still had to plug in, at least, a network cable, obviously, and
a keyboard, so that you you could blindly type the boot parameters.
I was never able to figure out how to make a boot floppy to pass these boot
parameters automatically, saving on the need for the keyboard and frustrating
uncertainty of 'blind typing', otherwise I would have used this approach to
do attempted installs on many of the old machines that were passing through
me at that time. It was easy to find a spare power and network cable -
finding space for another monitor and keyboard to attempt these installs on
machines that migh^h^h^h probably were junk made it too much of an effort, so
these machines never got played with.
Anyone else remember this feature?
Colin at spudulike.me.uk
Gotta' go, things to be, people to do, stuff to, err, stuff.
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