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Thread: Headless bootup issues

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Headless bootup issues

    Hi all,

    I'm not sure if this is in the right forum but I have been having issues getting 12.04 to boot. Initially after the upgrade I had a lot of problems with unity and ended up just installing xfce as a replacement to get it working again.

    I have ubuntu desktop edition installed but use it as a general file server so I need it to boot without a monitor plugged in.

    I found various threads suggesting manually setting the xorg.conf file to enable it to boot with no screen plugged in.
    I followed the xorg.conf laid out here: which was copied from a thread on these forums.

    Unfortunately the fix appears to do nothing, if I boot the machine with no screen plugged in it still fails to start any sort of display manager and even if I plug in a screen at a later point it still doesn't display anything.

    Does the xfce install change anything with the way the system looks at the xorg.conf file or is something else wrong here?

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Re: Headless bootup issues

    To update, i've found a load more suggestions and howto's but they are all dated 2009 so i'm a little dubious to try them.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    The Left Coast of the USA

    Re: Headless bootup issues

    Install xserver-xorg-video-dummy

    That'll allow the machine to boot headless.

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