[ubuntu-uk] Server won't start without screen

Grant Sewell dcglug at thymox.co.uk
Tue Oct 26 23:35:31 BST 2010

On Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:28:35 +0100
Rob Beard wrote:

> On 26/10/10 22:41, Glen Mehn wrote:
> > Do you get to see what happens when the screen is plugged in? i.e,.
> > is it stuck before grub or after? I kind of assume you aren't
> > running X on the server (stock ubuntu server, right?)
> >
> > I know of a hosting company who uses mac minis (though I can't
> > think of who they are at the moment... grumble...) as a server that
> > sits between dedicated machines and virtual servers. Obviously only
> > good for low-intensity i/o tasks. You might try to find them to see
> > if there's something mac-specific that's going on.
> >
> > I would easily put £20 on it being a mac thing that has to be
> > disabled in the mac prom, but I've no idea how to do that (I don't
> > think that apple opens up their firmwares to outside people)
> >
> > Aha! Here's the company. The short version suggests not using boot
> > camp (I'm not sure what else you might use)
> >
> > http://www.mythic-beasts.com/support/macminicolo_howto.html
> >
> Doing some more reading on 
> http://forums.macnn.com/104/alternative-operating-systems/296206/headless-mac-mini-server-using-bootcamp/ 
> it looks like a couple of pins need to be connected together with a 
> resistor on the DVI port.  Details are on the thread a bit further
> down (there is a link from the link to the Macnn.com forum but it's a
> broken link).  It appears to be something to do with Bootcamp.
> Rob

I have not looked into this, but is there no way of installing Ubuntu
natively without resorting to bootcamp's fake BIOS environment?  If it
is bootcamp's VGA issue that is causing this problem, and Ubuntu can be
installed natively sans bootcamp, then surely there's the answer right

(BTW, I do not have an EFI IntelliMac... mine is a nice old OF G3


More information about the ubuntu-uk mailing list