[SOLVED] headless (no monitor) problem

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[SOLVED] headless (no monitor) problem

Postby Sorcerer25 » 2012-02-08 17:55

hi, i have re installed debian 6.0.4
and now server don't want to start without monitor


system is an old P4 (AGP) with video card on board
when start without monitor i have no image even if i connect the monitor after
i guess this may be the problem - freeze when framebuffer activates
i cannot obtain any more informations be cause of no image on monitor, and nothing in logs :(


on the old version of debian it was working
any idea what to do ? :(
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Re: headless (no monitor) problem

Postby jheaton5 » 2012-02-09 02:01

Can you ssh into the computer from another machine?
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ssh -l [username] [local ip address]
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Re: headless (no monitor) problem

Postby Sorcerer25 » 2012-02-09 11:21

OFC not :(
i did say "freeze" ... if it was answering then i didn't had any plroblem

machine don't complete the boot sequence (i can see that from hdd led activity)
and don't even answer to pings

PS this supposed to be a samba server for 4-5 local computers
I'm really not interested at all to work on console

[SOLVED] ... by myself
cd /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/gpu/
rm -rf i915/
(that is my video card driver)
regenerate initrd
grub-install ... etc.

this is an workaround
even my monitor is now working if i plug it after booting without monitor
i will open another topic be cause i can't have this workaround permanently ... at first kernel update that driver will be there again and i will have to go and put a monitor to server
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Re: [SOLVED] headless (no monitor) problem

Postby mersudin » 2012-02-23 01:11

i had same issue as u discribed and i solve it since i don't use GUI at all
i solved it by adding module i915 to blacklist
edit file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add "blacklist i915"
after kernel upgrade u should be safe
i hope i helped
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