[rescue] analog routers...
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Tue Aug 26 11:00:20 CDT 2003
On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 11:43:13 -0400
Steve Sandau <ssandau at bath.tmac.com> wrote:
> <snip for Bill>
> > A PC is out because I want something headless, and if I got a PC it
> > would have to replace the current Sun system. No room or power for
> > another machine like that.
> I think I remember instructions on how to install and use (yes,
> really) Linux on a headless PC. It involved a boot floppy that
> redirected boot info to the serial port. It will not, of course, let
> you get at the BIOS, but if you are interested I'll try to hunt up the
I've seen the same thing at least for OpenBSD (I think it's in
INSTALL.i386) but I think the issue is with starting out with a truly
headless PC, i.e. no video card at all. I've never tried it, so I
can't speak from experience, but apparently some (many?) PCs will not
boot without a video card present.
The serial console-based installation would be for the case where you
don't mind having a video card installed in the PC (just to satisfy the
dumb PC,) but you aren't interested in using it, or a monitor or
keyboard, for that matter.
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