I just installed 19.10 on my desktop and found the installer GUI very well designed, clear and simple to use.
I want to install it on an old HP laptop which has a broken screen. I use it attached to an external monitor via the VGA cable output.
This presents two problems. I can’t see the BIOS or GRUB menus, but it is already configured to use CDROM if present and as long as I don’t need to interact with the GRUB menu, it’s fine.
Since I know what is presented having used the install CD on the desktop PC, I know it will auto detect the language and proceed to installer after 30s.
The trouble is when it finally boots to the Lubuntu desktop it is mis-scaled and I only get just over half the screen horizontally. ( I just about see the “1” of 19 behind the birdies and Lubuntu gets cropped to “buntu” )
If I fly blind , I think I can hit down arrow and boot to “safe” mode but this seems to be based on 18.10 and shows nothing on screen. If I do this on my desktop it gets stuck half way and does not even boot to an emergency console. ( So much for “safe” mode ).
I worked out that if I boot to 19.10 , I can select the invisible ( off screen ) installer icon by clicking on the desktop and hitting the down arrow. Enter-key then fires off the installer. Sadly this shows nothing of the installer and I remain on the desktop.
I’m guessing / divining that the installer is running off the ( broken ) framebuffer output, however setting up the partitions is an operation far too complex to do flying blind.
Now such things usually have tweaks and command line options, it is possible to run calamares installer directly from a terminal window with suitable options in order to avoid interacting with the broken framebuffer output?
Thanks for any guidance.