Re: Access Desktop from Laptop w/o monitor
Does it display a BIOS splash screen? If not, the issue issue is most likely hardware. If it does display a splash screen, then just pop in the install CD, boot it, and go from there.
You say the video card works, but not in this computer. Are you sure the video card is enabled in the BIOS, and is getting adequate power? Does the board have an IGP? If so, pull the video card and plug the monitor into the IGP. Try other video ports.
This is gonna sound really stupid, but are you sure the monitor is plugged into the video card and not the IGP? I've actually seen this a few times.
To answer your original question, it wouldn't be possible to use RDP/VNC/whatever to install an OS. It is something that has to be set up within the operating system. The only way you'd be able to view it in its current state is if some form of remote desktop is already set up, and you can figure out the login info.
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