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May 14, 2010

I can''t make the machine booth when a monitor is NOT attached to the machine. The PC seems to get past the P.O.S.T with minimal HDD activity, and then it simply hangs there, doing nothing. I know Linux is not booted because the HDD flashes briefly only 3-4 times and then absolutely nothing. When a monitor is attached, everything works perfectly.

I read somewhere that this happend when GRUB tries to display graphics, so I edited the menu.lst and removed the graphics line within it, which causes GRUB to display a B/W clear-text boot-menu (when a monitor is attached), but the machine still won't boot with no monitor. I also edited inittab to boot to level 3, same outcome.

More Info:
HW. FIC ION A603
~Welcome to First International Computer, Inc.~
OpenSuse 11.2 - Almost default install
Added SW: VNC and Squid (both active on Init 3 and 5
Boot Loader: GRUB

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