This is very strange: When booting from CDs, the screen stays blank an extra long time.
I'm trying to do a "repair" install on XP and after inserting the CD and starting up, the screen stays blank all the way through the initial setup screens where you have to press F6 to load SATA controller drivers. I don't see an image on screen until it settles out and the "Windows XP Professional Setup" screen comes up. At that point, it's too late. If I press Enter to start setup, it can't see my hard drive because it's passed the F6 option already.
I've connected it to an external monitor and get the same result.