Well the board is brand new so it's RMA time I think. I have 4gb of memory so I can try windows, but if it's video issue of the motherboard, it needs repaired.
Also, yes, I've tried external video, but none of the ones I have seen supported by the board, even with extra power connectors. None allow the system to post. So maybe I'll boot up windows and try that, but at the end of the day, Linux video should work since it's a server motherboard and ASRock will fix that.
I appreciate all the help. Super frustrating that a new board doesn't have a working video.
So I got Clearos 6.7 installed and it appears the VGA controller is the same:
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Atom Processor D2xxx/N2xxx Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0b) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: ASRock Incorporation Device 0be2
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at fe400000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1M]
I/O ports at f1a0 [size=8]
Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled]
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [b0] Vendor Specific Information: Len=07 <?>
Capabilities:  MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
I tried updated my bios, with high hopes. I booted the clearos 7.4 disk up, and as soon as it makes it past the selection screen I see a [0.0000] Tsc: Fast TSC calibration failed, a couple quick lines feed by after that, and the screen goes blank.
With an install on another computer, then transfer the hard drive, no video. Even if I try to switch to one of the consoles using the alt + F2-7, no signal.
I am not using UEFI currently since I figured legacy would be easy. Just not sure what I'm missing to get things working.
After a month of travel, and being sick, I have finally made it back to this issue.
I have not made any progress on this issue and I've tried all sorts of different ways to address it.
1. HDMI vs VGA output, no change.
2. nomodeset, no change.
3. manual vga modes, no change
4. Install Clearos on a different computer, transfer hard drive. I get to Grub, soon as Grub passes, no video. Not ability to get to console
I am at a loss here. I bought the motherboard specifically to run ClearOS 7.x and just can't get the video working. I've tried all sorts of different monitors to see if that has any change, it just seems like as soon as I pass grub, the video of the atom on the D2550R motherboard doesn't want to present anything. I can't see the console, I can't see the web based setup, it just goes to no signal.
On Clearos 4-6 I've never used the web browser based graphical system on the server except to set the initial IP. I always use the console for everything else, but the fact that I can't even get it to show me the console, I just don't know where to start with this. I assume it deals with the fact that the atom's graphics aren't supported by CentOS at all, but seriously, console should still work, and even if I can get it installed, but can't see the console, that won't work if something goes wrong and I need to troubleshoot.
Is this just what 7.x and above work like?
I've been running my ClearOS 6.3 box for a while on an older Intel Atom and decided it was time to upgrade a little. I have run ClearOS since version 4 and find it easy to work with and a great community. I upgraded to a server board by ASRock called an D2550R which is an upgraded Intel Atom which now allows me to have more hard drives and 4gb of memory.
Every time I try to install I see the first screen of console after selecting options and then the screen blanks. It is apparent that the Atom graphics are just not capable of the installation. I have tried to use text on the command options to select a text base install, but this doesn't seem to work. I've tried low graphics option and specifying VGA=788. No dice. Any ideas on how to get this working with the newer ClearOS?