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    Can I access a computer with no monitor?

    Hey, my monitor broke and I can't get a new one for about a week, and there are files I need on my PC. I was wondering if I could move those files to a memory stick by using only the tty1 CLI, or better yet, get access to the PC via my laptop. How would I do this?

    Could I use remote desktop? (My previous experience with remote desktop didn't go well, but maybe since the PC and the laptop are on the same network it would be easier?)
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    Re: Can I access a computer with no monitor?

    You can use SSH for that, but if you don't have the SSH sever installed on the target machine, you will have a hard time installing it without a monitor...
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    Re: Can I access a computer with no monitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bachstelze View Post
    You can use SSH for that, but if you don't have the SSH sever installed on the target machine, you will have a hard time installing it without a monitor...
    Could I not just boot it up, press ctrl+alt+F1, type my user name and password, then sudo apt-get install openssh-server? Will it even boot without a monitor?
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    Re: Can I access a computer with no monitor?

    It will boot without a monitor, and I think that will work, you might have to hit Y once its downloaded.

    You'll have to have someone with more experience answer you for sure though.

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    Re: Can I access a computer with no monitor?

    I think openssh is installed now (I used "eject" to test if the commands were going through.) But what do I do next?
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    Re: Can I access a computer with no monitor?

    But what do I do next?
    See if you can connect to your desktop. I hope laptop is running linux.
    On laptop
    Code:
    ssh verity@LAN.IP.OF.DESKTOP
    Answer the prompts.
    Can you login and connect?
    exit to close the connection

    If that worked then put this into nautilus:
    Code:
    sftp://verity@LAN.IP.OF.DESKTOP/home/verity/
    Press return. Give your password.
    Now you can drag and drop files between PCs

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