I'm trying to install the Ubuntu16 into my embedded system. But my system only has serial console as the display output so ordinary methods seems not work. Is there a special image or a special tool for this case? Currently, I'm running a highly customized Ubuntu 14 in that system. Is that possible/hard to upgrade from that?

I also poked around and when it boots from usb key, I saw the following options. But when I try 'cli', it failed right away with 'No such file or directory'. Is it a deprecated option?

Available boot methods:
Start the installation -- this is the default option.
Start the installation in expert mode, for maximum control.
cli, cli-expert
Minimal command-line system install.
Perform a memory test.


  • What do you mean by "my system only has console as the display output so ordinary methods seems not work"? What does not work? – techraf Jul 22 '16 at 1:38
  • A net install using the Ubuntu mini.iso might work. It only uses an ncurses interface during installation. – Alcuin Arundel Jul 22 '16 at 1:43
  • @techraf: I think it will look up the monitor by default and stuck there – Hanks Jul 22 '16 at 2:24
  • You wrote "seems not work" then asked what does it mean you replied "I think". I meant what is the reality, what do you have, what do you do, what error do you get, not what you think. – techraf Jul 22 '16 at 2:27
  • Here is what I got: > boot: > Undefined video mode number: 314 > Press <ENTER> to see video modes available, <SPACE> to continue, or wait 30 sec – Hanks Jul 22 '16 at 2:28

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