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2003 booting with no peripherals...

Discussion in 'Software' started by Boycie, May 2, 2006.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    depending on the BIOS can anyone see why i couldn't get Small Business Server to boot without a monitor, keyboard and mouse?
    I want to "stuff" a machine out of the way as a test domain and want as little cr@p in the way as possible. :D
     
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Why not simply plug them in as and when required, then once its setup remove them?
     
  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    fair point Si, it was more of a curiousity question as the *server* was going to be in an awkward place and once initially set-up would be accessed over the network....
     
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  4. hbroomhall

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    Might depend on the motherboard BIOS. Most 'domestic' BIOSes won't continue boot if the keyboard is missing. Server BIOSes will often have a BIOS setting that allows boot even if the keyboard isn't there.

    Also - there are some adaptors about that seem to spoof this. We have a number of servers that have a small box plugged into the keyboard and mouse ports. I gather they 1) spoof them being connected, and 2) don't go bang when you plug a travelling monitor and mouse into them when live.

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  5. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Isn't that when you get the message "keyboard not found", press F1 to continue :twisted:
     
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  7. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    That may have been true once - these days it tends to be more along the lines of "keyboard bot found, system halted". :biggrin

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