I just built a NAS based on a former game pc (huge enclosure :-).
All went well and I soon finished the 24 TB NAS system but then got annoyed by the fairly loud fan noise. A quick investigation led me to the source: the nvidia video and graphics card.
As a test i then took it out, although i knew my server would be out of any gpu and would possibly not boot at all.
but it did boot, and I was well abel to ssh my way through the rest of the conifgurations ans tuning.
After a while i was wondering if it was possible to vnc in to the thing.
GDM (gnome) would not start, complaining about a missing display:0. I then installed xdm and vnc4server apt-get install xdm vnc4server
And after starting vnc4server on the console (via ssh) I was able to start a rather bare xConsole. (gray background, white terminal in front).
And finally after typing gnome-session in to the terminal....
I was in my gnome desktop :-)
So steps are:
- install debian with a graphics card. ( and don't forget ssh!)
- disable bios warnings (so your system will boot even without a graphics card)
- Remove graphics card
- install vnc4server
- type vnc4server in your console (via ssh remeber the display number vncserver will print in it's result)
- connect to your server with vncviewer and use ipaddress:1 as host ( :1 being the display number vnc4server printed out
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