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I have a box that is usually headless, but when I do some updates that
need a reboot (new kernel for instance), I like to have a screen
connected or at least handy just in case I need it for whatever reason.
Well, I did some updates on my box and the screen was crackling, so I
removed it (it was old and not worth fixing). I connected a different
screen and all was good for pre-boot and part of post boot, then it
turned off and the box didn't continue to boot.
I was thinking something screwed up with the initrd, but I couldn't
even successfully boot a live-usb distro. Then I thought that it
might be the motherboard or something else that would need a
In the end, I plugged in another screen and the boot process completed
without any issues.
So strange that the screen would cause this problem. I have seen a
screen cause issues during Windows boot up too long ago (from memory I
think it was only that the display wouldn't show up until very late in
the boot process), using a different screen was perfectly happy. I
think that screen was the same one that failed me on Linux just now,
so it might just be a dud screen with something weird about it.
Anyway, just thought I would pass on my experience in case it might
help someone else with a similar problem.
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