Googling for the man page for putty for linux I found this line.
putty is a graphical SSH, Telnet and Rlogin client for X. It is a direct port of the Windows SSH client of the same name.
Meaning that its not made to work without starting X first. You should find another serialport terminal program like which will work without X windows. The one I have used the most is the classic "minicom", but I'm sure that there must be better (easier) programs out there that does the same job.
Thanks for the replies.
I also found that statement by googling. I took it that the SSH only had to do with accessing from a remote computer.
I do not mind if I need to start "X" first as long as I can also automatically run putty after "X" is started?
I had changed my start up script to run startX sucessfully but I did not know how to, or if I could, then also run Putty from that script or in some other fashion?
I would like to stick with PuTTy if possible but am willing to try others if I need to. It took some learning/setup to get Putty working as I wanted and would prefer to avoid another learning curve if possible.