Motherboard: Biostar TPower I45

I fried my graphics card (white smoke), by removing the cable marked PCI-E from the card, and then booting.

Removed the graphics card, and now the machine is booting, and I can ping it. However I have no possibility to see what is actually happening, because I can't attach a monitor.

Can I workaround the lack of monitor in some way, just to see if the motherboard is fine, attach a cable and telnet in or any other way ? Or, do I have to buy and install a new graphics card to be sure ?

  • machine is running ubuntu 9.10, VNC not enabled – user19496 Jun 22 '10 at 21:52
  • You say you can ping it, which means to me it must be able to establish an internet connection, if the motherboard was fried I don't see how it would establish an OS much less an internet connection. – user97026 Sep 7 '11 at 20:01
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    Do you have SSH or any other servers installed? Also, hard to believe you can fry a graphics card simply by not plugging it in. – Kibbee Sep 7 '11 at 20:17

It looks like the Biostar TPower doesn't have integrated graphics, so if you want to see what's going on you'll have to fit a new graphics card.


Is this a Windows computer? If it is you can see if remote desktop is enabled. Start>Run mstsc and then enter the name or IP of your fried computer. You can also get to it from the start menu. I think under accessories, but I'm not in front of a windows machine right now to check for sure.

If it is running Linux try ssh. From another Linux command line ssh username@computer

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