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Problems with older Macs running headless
Authored by: colinng on Feb 18, '05 02:06:04PM

Not related to VNC, but to anyone running a G3/G4 PowerMac headless.

I've been having problems with 10.3.4 thru 10.3.8 on a G4 tower (533MHz) running headless. Machine will lock up after < 1 minute of remote control using any of ARD, VNC, or Timbuktu 7. It locks up on its own without remote control in < 1 hour.

I found that connecting a monitor during bootup solves the problem. The fix does not survive a soft restart though. You can remove the monitor after the Login Window appears.

I've ordered a gHead adapter from and I'll post with results when it arrives. The adapter because fools older ATI video cards into thinking there is a display, and it has a passthrough for a display as well.

Just thought I'd let you know so you don't hunt down the wrong issue.

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