5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 17, 2015 3:37 AM by paranic

    Can't run DE3815TYKHE headless with Debian?


      I have a DE3815TYKHE with the latest v41 BIOS update.  I installed Debian 7.6 to the internal drive without any GUI.  This is a command line only installation.


      Everything works fine when I have a monitor connected via either the HDMI port or the VGA header.  However, when I attempt to boot without a monitor attached the system, it just hangs.


      Is anyone running the DE3815TYKHE with Debian or Ubuntu Server (with no GUI) headless?


      Is there a setting that I am missing in the BIOS that removes the requirement of a connected monitor (or EDID reply) in order to boot?



        • 1. Re: Can't run DE3815TYKHE headless with Debian?

          I'm trying to get DE3815TYKHE to run headless as well (as router to replace the RBP I'm using now).  The problems I've been having have to do with getting the boot ordering right.  I've found that once the install is completed, when the system reboots the boot drives and their ordering can change and on a reboot sometimes the system comes back up, sometimes it doesn't.  Can you tell me what iso you used to install Debian, I'm currently using lubuntu, but would be willing to try what you are using and see if we get the same result.

          • 2. Re: Can't run DE3815TYKHE headless with Debian?

            I used UNetbootin to image a 1 GB USB flash drive with Debian's latest stable netInstall.  I then booted the NUC off the USB flash drive and installed Debian to the eMMC storage.


            Once installed I removed the USB flash drive, and let the NUC boot from the eMMC.  After that, I added an SSD.


            I've done some more testing with my DE3815TYKHE, and I have never gotten it to boot without something connected to the HDMI or VGA header.


            It's obvious that Intel has an issue with either the hardware they've chosen, or their BIOS (I'm guessing it's an issue with the BIOS).  The previous generation of NUCs didn't have this problem, so there's something that's not right.


            I'm using my NUC at home, so the headless issue isn't a complete deal breaker, but I certainly wouldn't consider, or recommend, a headless NUC in any production work environment.


            Anyway, in all honesty, it's a shame.  I feel for the people who purchased one or more NUCs to use as multimedia kiosks or marketing displays, and can't remotely manage or reboot them without something connected (and turned on) to the HDMI or VGA header.  Nobody wants to remotely apply updates or reboot a public facing device with the monitor or TV turned on.  Right?

            • 3. Re: Can't run DE3815TYKHE headless with Debian?

              Using BIOS version 24 for the DE3815TYKHE seems to allow it to boot headless. More information here: https://communities.intel.com/message/285965#285965

              • 4. Re: Can't run DE3815TYKHE headless with Debian?

                Thanks is it safe to downgrade and what are the side effects ? Link to version 24's .BIO file is welcome too

                • 5. Re: Can't run DE3815TYKHE headless with Debian?

                  i found the solution

                  intel nuc boot headless on all bios versions but you have to check the legacy boot option in the bios


                  tested with version 44 and boot without vga or hdmi attached