Re: Boot without Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse
From: Don Peasley (dPeasley_at_epix.net)
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 21:46:37 GMT
Thomas 'Hobbes' Keller wrote:
> Hi there
> I just set up an old PC with RH9. I am a newbie to Linux, but until
> now, I managed to set up everything the way I want it. :)
> The Linux PC shall be some sort of server - but only for myself and my
> girlfriend. That's the reason I don't want to use an extra keyboard,
> mouse and monitor for it - it shall run 24/7, and if something has to
> be done, it will be via telnet or ssh.
> Now, my problem: The PC runs fine, but today I tried to start it
> without any device attached - no keyboard, no mouse, no monitor.
> It apparently did not work.
> I then started it up again with everything attached - this worked fine,
> as usual. After re-plugging everything to my other PC, the one I am
> working with, I had access and everything.
> But then, I HALTed the RH9 system via ssh - which seemed to work, but
> the PC did not shut down correctly (it did not turn of).
> I have to mention that both functions, booting and shutting down
> without anything attached worked well before - I had SuSE 8.2 installed
> (but somehow I did not like their approach, too many specialities).
> Can anyone help?
Most 'modern' PC's run diags at the BIOS level. The designers never
thought they would be used for anything but what they were designed for,
so if the keyboard is not connected, the PC will beep, and wait for you
to fix it. You can verify this by connecting the monitor and leaving
the keyboard unplugged. A monitor and mouse are not needed, but a
keyboard is. Another option is to get a two port KVM switch, allowing
you to run two PC's from the same Keyboard, Video, and Mouse. Your BIOS
may have an option to skip the diags, but don't count on it.