Video card question
James R. Van Zandt
jrv at vanzandt.mv.com
Sat Jan 17 11:27:01 EST 1998
Chuck Young <cyoung at bbnplanet.com> writes:
>I want to build a firewall on a 486, but I have no monitor and plan to use
>telnet from inside to get a connection.
>I doubt it will boot without a video card, but this interests me too.
Check out this configuration option of recent kernels (2.1.71 in this case):
Console on serial port
If you enable this option, it is possible to use a serial port as the
console. By default still the virtual console will be used at the
system console but you can alter that using a kernel command line
option. If you don't have a VGA card installed the kernel will
automatically use /dev/ttyS0 as system console if this option is
I have not tried it myself.
- Jim Van Zandt
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