I recently pulled a computer out of storage that has a faulty video card. It still displays standard 80x25 terminal screens fine, but anything beyond that causes the video card to fail and require rebooting. As I intend to use this as a headless server, I'm not really interested in buying a new video card just for the installation.
The problem I run into is that Ubuntu - including the Server and Alternate installers - kick you to a (comparatively) high-res splashscreen that causes my video card to turn off, even though the rest of the install process uses a 80x25 TUI.
I've tried preseeding, but I have no experience with that and not having feedback makes my life difficult.
As I see it, there are (at least) two ways to accomplish this, neither of which I can find a way to accomplish:
- Pass a parameter that starts SSH (or VNC) and operate the install from another machine.
- Disable the high-resolution splash screen.
- Some other method that I haven't thought of.
I would prefer to use Ubuntu Server, but I'm not married to it. For what it's worth, every other distro I've tried (Debian, CentOS, Arch) also have high-res splashscreens. The only one that does, in fact, work is FreeNAS, but I'd strongly prefer a Linux variant over BSD.