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Old 08-27-2003, 08:22 AM   #1
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Cannot boot without keyboard/mouse

I am running a RH9 server without keyboard or mouse. The problem is that it will not reboot. It gets past the BIOS with no problem but hangs during the Linux load right after a line concerning APM. This is a major problem for a headless server.
Old 08-27-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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theory: apm is querying the non-existant display hardware, perhaps looking for the monitor's power management capabilities? Does the machine have a video card? perhaps disabling apm would help.
Old 08-28-2003, 05:52 AM   #3
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It turns out that the problem is a known bug in Grub that does not allow booting without a keyboard. The only solution is to rebuild Linux and use LILO. I did that and it works now. You would think this would be a pretty big problem for those using Redhat as a server.
Old 08-28-2003, 06:38 AM   #4
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you are not SUPPOSE to run a x86 computer without at least a keyboard (my two server here got useless keyboard to avoid BIOS error). You are already lucky to be able pass trought BIOS. Don't push your luck too far, just desactivate APM service and you should be ok.


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