Thanks for taking the time Matt.
I'm using Win7. I could never get a Linux distro to handshake HDMI on boot up without an extra monitor plugged in and set to mirror. I'm no linux guru though. After a while it was just easier to leave it going to Win7.
I never tried OpenElec though. It may play nicer with HDMI since it's specifically put together to be a media center. Thanks for the idea.
I did do a clean install. They were pretty clear in the install notes that this was a necessity. Who knows if Win7 didn't leave some registry item intact though.
I never thought to check the stats screen. Thanks for that as well.
It's actually sunny tonight but now I have more things to try on a rainy evening. Thanks!!