I've tried searching several times and always get "How-to's" on setting up headless. That is not what I need.
My problem is that the NIC on my R-Pi B seems to stop when HDMI is not plugged in. As soon as I plug in my monitor, all the network lights kick on and it is seen by my router. When I unplug it, they all kick off and the router doesn't see it anymore. It doesn't seem to matter if I reboot the pi with or without HDMI plugged in either.
I installed raspbian through NOOBS before and I didn't have this problem but yesterday I decided to just reformat with just raspbian and now I cannot get the network to connect unless I have HDMI plugged in. Svideo doesn't seem to matter.
Update: I was just attempting to plug the HDMI back in and I only touched the port with my cable and the nic lights turned on. I mean, I literally set the HDMI male part on top of the R-Pi port (Just touching metal to metal) and it kicked in. Is something just goofy with my Pi?
Update 2 - I decided to upload a video showing the behavior. Pay attention to the network leds when I touch the HDMI to the HDMI port. I thought maybe some solderings were loose so I touched it with my finger and it didn't come on so it has to do with the metal, I think.