how to install ubuntu to a box without display monitor?

Florian Diesch diesch at
Tue Apr 15 14:22:55 UTC 2008

"Chris Mohler" <cr33dog at> wrote:

> On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM, Joseph <ubuntu at> wrote:
>> mike wrote:
> [...]
>>  > Or install on another system that has a monitor network etc then move
>>  > the harddrive over to the headless system....
>>  > -mike
>>  >
>>  You mean that can be done???   I thought it was a little like M$ and couldn't be changed to another
>>  computer and work.
> Yeah - but it can be tricky if the hardware is vastly different, or if
> the BIOS orders drives differently.  

Thanks to mounting using UUID that's not a problem anymore.

> I've done this with CentOS before
> - I installed the bare minimum of packages first, then transferred.
> After it booted and I could SSH in, then I added the rest (LAMP,
> Webmin, etc).  Never tried with Ubuntu, but the process should be
> similar.

I've just put my hard disk in another laptop (from P III to P IV) ,
booted, changed the NIC's MAC settings and configured X for the new
graphic card. Everything else just worked.

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