I have a laptop with a fried graphics processor. The computer will boot up, but nothing shows up on the screen. After investigating, this model of laptop has had issues with its graphics processor over heating. The laptop is out of warranty too.
Now, I love recycling computer parts, and being cheap. Recently, I have been considering to get a computer dedicated to serving media and documents to all the devices on my network. I thought instead of buying a new system, I could just use this laptop. With the screen shot, it wouldn't need to do anything except connect to the network and serve files from the hard drive.
The problem I am now faced with is that since the display isn't working, I have no way to get any feedback from it at all. I can't navigate any menus to install linux (or any os for that matter). I would be fine if I could just get ssh setup, but I can't even get that far. Is there any way to use some other output or feedback method to temporarily install and configure linux?
It would seem like such a waste to dispose of this laptop, when everything else works fine (I know I can salvage the hdd and ram, but...)