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Bug#509662: graphical splash screen not iLO compatible

On Friday 26 December 2008, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> >> When someone is accessing a server remotely using a HP iLO, they may
> >> not have the iLO licensed for graphical modes (extra license fees
> >> have to be paid to HP)
> >>
> >> Alternatively, someone may be using a serial port for remote access
> >> (e.g. through a Cisco 2511 with multiple async ports)
> > 
> > This issue is covered in the Installation Guide
> > http://www.debian.org/releases/lenny/i386/ch05s01.html.en#boot-screen
> Thanks for pointing that out - the page correctly describes the issues.
> However, the instructions given there don't work for an iLO - blindly
> pressing keystrokes doesn't seem to work.

Strange. It was tested by someone with access to iLO boxes.
Dann: could you retest this please?

> I had already discovered the fb=false parameter, and by setting the
> syslinux args default=expert, timeout=3 and setting the kernel arg
> fb=false, I'm able to PXE boot into the installer.

Eh, if you are using netboot, why don't you just modify the syslinux 
config on the tftp server to not use the graphical menu and splash screen 
at all?

> > I'm tagging this report wontfix as I don't really see any realistic
> > way to do anything about it.
> Couldn't it be recorded as a syslinux feature request?

You are very welcome to discuss this issue with the upstream syslinux 
maintainers. This is not really the kind of issue for which it makes 
sense to record a wishlist BR in the Debian BTS. This needs to come from 

> Maybe the default configuration files could include commented out
> variations of the workaround I've used myself, or even go as far as
> distributing a netboot-nonfb.tar.gz on the mirrors?

1) It's too late to do that for Lenny
2) That would only solve the problem for netboot where it can be solved 
quite simply by the local admin anyway by editing the relevant syslinux 
config files on his tftp server. It would not solve the problem for 
CD/DVD images.

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