Summary: I ended up REMOVING the video card, and using the built in DVI, which finally worked. The built in VGA appears to be dead.
Pros: It has good core features inside for the price. The cabinet is solid, its a good looking basic desktop.
Cons: Where to start? There is no simple start up documentation to explain the BIZARRE video setup. Here is what is on the back: One VGA (covered up), one DVI, one proprietary DVI like plug that takes a special cable. This cable has 2 VGA ports, labeled one and two. NONE of the ports would power the monitor with anything other than the HP logo. No windows, even though I could hear it starting.
Summary: I bought this to experiment as a media center and except for the lack of an hdmi out it has been fine. Price was best I could find, which was important put a cap on performance. Easy access to internals with room expansion cards and additional RAM. I replaced DVD with BlueRay, not something I would do again - just buy blueray player.