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I've had this issue on multiple ubuntu based distros, the most recent being elementaryOS Luna.

Basically, I keep my laptop plugged into a 1280x1024 monitor at home. Whenever my laptop is powered off and the monitor is unplugged (for example, when I take it to class in the morning and it is already off) I am not presented with a login screen. I can see the POST screen as well as the boot-splash, but then the screen goes blank (but the backlight remains on).

Is there another fix other than simply adjusting my display configuration before shutting down? My laptop has a 2nd gen i3 in it and no other graphics card.

EDIT: I should add that even with the monitor connected, I can no longer see any login screen or switch to any VT. This happened before on a different distro, and I had to re-image my linux partition.

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I haven't experienced this issue at all with Ivy Bridge on recent Ubuntu rleases running Unity. – LiveWireBT Nov 1 '13 at 5:50

Why don't you try, unplugging the monitor first and then shutdown the laptop?

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When I'm already in my linux partition I make sure I do this. The problem is that if I need to quickly grab my laptop and it is already powered down, I didn't have the chance to properly disconnect the monitor. There has to be a better way than to disconnect it before every shutdown... – techwiz24 Nov 1 '13 at 10:52

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