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

Tyler J. Wagner tyler at tolaris.com
Wed Oct 27 14:01:56 BST 2010

On Wed, 2010-10-27 at 12:24 +0100, Paul Willis wrote:
> I do remember now that some older Mac G4 towers we used (running Mac OS X server) had a similar headless problem and plugging the DVI to VGA adapter in the back sorted it. I had forgotten about that so it might be the answer as the discussions on those links suggest.

Ah, yes. You've reminded me as well. Some time ago, my company operated
a Mac running MacOS 9. It had two special peripherals: a DVI-VGA dongle
to make it boot, and a small device on the power cable. That device had
a USB cable, connected to the same Mac. If the Mac locked up, apparently
detectable by some kind of USB activity, it would cycle the power.


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