Re: Installing on a FACELESS pc?
On Fri, Jan 24, 2003 at 04:40:05PM +0000, Pigeon wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 24, 2003 at 03:33:19PM +0100, Carel Fellinger wrote:
> > To be serious again, what's really lacking to get headless machines
> > to fully work is lack of support in most (all?) BIOS'ses to use a
> > serial line instead of directly attached monitor and keyboard.
> > If your motherboard is supported the LinuxBIOS might solve that one.
> You could make an adapter with a few resistors and diodes to drive the
> keyboard input of a PC from the parallel or serial port of another
> machine. You'd be typing blind though. You'd have to give an exact
> script to get the Debian installer to the point where the network
> interface is running. OK if nothing goes wrong.
Maybe, just maybe this would allow you to alter BIOS settings, but it
certainly wouldn't make it possible to react to BIOS warnings, like
when your S.M.A.R.T.-enabled harddrive yelled ALARM, or any other
failure your BIOS deals with prior to linux taking over:(