**No keyboard or mouse with VNC**
Tue Jun 3 20:40:00 2003
On Tuesday, June 03, 2003 2:49 PM [GMT-5=EST], Dustin Krysak
> Does anyone know of a way to get a windows (2000 & xp) machine to boot
> without the mouse or keyboard attached? I want to have a box that has
> nothing more than an Ethernet cable and a power cable attached - and
> remote control it with VNC from another machine..... I know there
> used to be terminators, but I can't find them anywhere....
Set your machine's POST routine to /not/ report keyboard errors - most
newer BIOSes have this option. Although you will not have keyboard or
mouse functionality at the physical level, you /should/ be able to
control everything though a VNC session.
I have sometimes forgotten to set my KVM appropriately when rebooting --
and the KVM I use doesn't have keyboard or mouse emulation -- so in
essence, the machine was booted without a keyboard or mouse. I actually
had to fire up a VNC session to properly shut it down. Then again, it
may depend on your hardware -- the best bet is just to give it a try.