I did some research and it seems to be a hardware issue with this
motherboard (and some other Intel Atom based desktops). They are
designed for Laptops with built in monitor panels and it defaults to
that during boot, and of course as it doesn't have one I can't see the
I added "video=LVDS-1:d video=VGA-1:e" to my grub configuration and I
can now login properly. Even though I guess it's a workaround more than
a fix I guess this bug can be closed as it's a hardware bug and not
really a debian bug?