[rescue] Re: Divide and conquer

Gavin Hubbard ghub005 at xtra.co.nz
Thu Jul 24 07:04:03 CDT 2003

>Frank Van Damme <frank.vandamme at student.kuleuven.ac.be> wrote:
>> Hihi... And preferably without keyboard, mouse or monitor. Especially a
>> mouse is a powerful instrument on NT.
>> And oh wait, a PC doesn't boot without a monitor...
>That's news to the headless x86 boxes I have. About the only reason I might
>put a video card into them is if it's a really cruddy card that I want to
>see the back of.
>Obviously, said machines probably won't boot NT because of the lack of video
>card. I consider not being able to run NT a feature :)
>PGP key ID E85DC776 - finger abuse at mooli.org.uk for full key

It isn't commonly known but you can actually boot any Windows NT or 2K system without a video card installed. The trick is to do an install with a card installed, then replace the system's video driver with the 'null vga' driver from from the (free) windows server appliance kit.

More info at the following:


I've tied this technique - it does work.



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