[kwlug-disc] Troubleshooting and Fixing a PC locally?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Dec 3 00:36:25 EST 2010

Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 12/03/2010 12:04 AM:
> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 11:36 PM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca 
> <mailto:unsolicited at swiz.ca>> wrote:
>     Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 12/02/2010 11:15 PM:

>     KVM can be good, but for this sort of thing (pieces scattered all
>     about), and usually having a computer I don't need to see the screen
>     on for a while (vnc useful here), a simple video extension cable has
>     served me well. I just snake it on the current monitor setup over to
>     the box under test. [I do the same thing with PS too, putting the
>     cases side by each.]
> I use ssh, but that works when things work. Not when I am installing or
> troubleshooting something low level (like this case).

Yes, the spare video is for hardware issues, only.

> There are 4 servers in this location, and one monitor. Moving the VGA cable
> is a pain with the snake den that is there. Hence me contemplating a KVM.

Ah. Sorry, for some reason I took this thread as you at home. Given 
the moving server upstairs and downstairs.

>     Fair enough. Although you can run memtest overnight and decide in
>     the morning.

> Re: memtest, that needs the stage where it reads media to boot from, and it
> does not reach that stage most of the time.


Diskette (FreeDOS?) / sans keyboard?
- guess bootable usb is right out, here! :-)


Double DOH?

Yes, I know, now we really are talking about more time. That you don't 

Always good to have a PS/2 keyboard and mouse kicking around in the 
closet. Even wireless. Thus the video cable as well - at that point 
you usually only care that you have video, or not, and can read the 
bios boot up.

Careful when you think about KVM's - there are PS/2 and USB ones (let 
alone those that come with cables, and those that don't). Pick a USB 
KVM in this instance, and you're back where you started. There are 
also KVM's with/out speakers/mic (always nice to know when the beast 
is warbling at you, including BIOS beeps). Let alone video connectors, 

Go beyond two ports and things start to get pricey.

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