Accessing a Server
Wed Nov 5 14:55:01 2003
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : William Hooper [mailto:email@example.com]
> Envoyi : mardi 4 novembre 2003 21:45
> @ : firstname.lastname@example.org
> Objet : RE: Accessing a Server
> Seak, Teng-Fong said:
> > Before or after everything's booted?
> > Actually, without a keyboard, PC's BIOS wouldn't even
> allow to boot.
> Depends on the BIOS. Any modern BIOS should allow you the
> option to boot without a keyboard.
I've just checked with a rather new machine at my disposition and seen that you're right, the BIOS allows me to ignore absence of keyboard. I need to update a bit :-) But are you sure *any* modern Bios should allow this? Isn't it rather *most* modern Bios should allow this?
> > And then when windows (you're talking about Microsoft
> Windows, aren't
> > you?) is loading, it will check for mouse. If there's no mouse at
> > this stage, you won't have mouse pointer unless you redo a
> system PnP
> > scan.
> I see no mention of Microsoft.
If it's a Mac, does it boots without keyboard ... ?
> Since you mention it, my
> experience has been that newer, NT-based OSes don't care if
> you have a mouse or not. The cursor is displayed locally by
> VNC just fine.
Yes, you're correct too.
> > As to monitor, there might be situation that the system checks its
> > presence before using the appropriate resolution and refresh
> > frequency.
> Again, it generally doesn't matter. The BIOS might stop it
> (though you should be able to shut that off).
> > However, if everything's loaded, you could remove the
> monitor and
> > mouse. But I'm not sure if you could remove the keyboard
> without the
> > system giving you warnings.
> I wouldn't suggest removing PS/2 components from a running
> system unless you absolutely have to. That said, if your
> software won't start without them you should just leave them
> attached. Less hassle when you have to eventually reboot.
> Or spring for a decent KVM that will emulate these
> connections and allow you to have console access when you need it.
Personal experience told me that removing and reattaching keyboard to the system didn't always work as expected. Well, that is for *old* systems ...
> William Hooper