Installation of Debian 8 went smooth. I choose not to install a graphical environment as I only want to attach a screen in emergency situations.
The system boots fine but then the screen goes into power-safe mode. The system is still reachable remotely.
After some searching on the internet  the solution is to blacklist the graphics driver of the system.
Create a file called /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and add the following to it:
blacklist gma500_gfxThis tells the system not to load the driver. Then do
sudo update-initramfs -uthis updates the boot RAM disk to reflect the change.
Reboot the system and enjoy a working console.
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