Blank screen and no mouse/keyboard when rebooting with monitor locally connected

Posted on 2005-04-26
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I currently use alot of 19" rackservers for a project and only have 1 monitor for all. Everything works fine when u reboot a server with the monitor and keyboard/mouse connected but without them u can't do anything locally on the machine after a reboot and everything has to be done remotely.
I only have a blank screen and no working keyboard/mouse.

Now linux does work when I give the servers a reboot and after that connect a monitor mouse and keyboard to it.

Is this a security feature Microsoft build in that I can disable or is there no other option then to reboot with everything connected?
Question by:arjanweyts
  • 2
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

oBdA earned 400 total points
ID: 13865275
It's not a security feature, it's just that the machine's BIOS doesn't detect the mouse/keyboard, so it doesn't get reported to the Windows, so Windows doesn't support it. Seems like you're using a PS/2 keyboard/mouse; you should *not* hot plug a PS/2 connection; they're not designed for that, and you might well fry a chip on the mainboard.
Use a KVM switch, or try your luck with a USB keyboard and USB mouse.

Author Comment

ID: 13865412
yeh that might work but without the monitor it's still useless to be able to connect with a keyboard and mouse.
LVL 85

Expert Comment

ID: 13865735
The monitor shouldn't matter; if Windows can't detect a monitor, it assumes a default model (and hotplugging a VGA connection should work, as it doesn't have any supply voltage); the one thing you should do is turn off the "turn off monitor after inactivity" setting.

Featured Post

Concerto's Cloud Advisory Services

Want to avoid the missteps to gaining all the benefits of the cloud? Learn more about the different assessment options from our Cloud Advisory team.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Recently, I had the need to build a standalone system to run a point-of-sale system. I’m running this on a low-voltage Atom processor, so I wanted a light-weight operating system, but still needed Windows. I chose to use Microsoft Windows Server 200…
While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
Please read the paragraph below before following the instructions in the video — there are important caveats in the paragraph that I did not mention in the video. If your PaperPort 12 or PaperPort 14 is failing to start, or crashing, or hanging, …
In a question here at Experts Exchange (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29062564/Adobe-acrobat-reader-DC.html), a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat produ…

807 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question