tiny voices said:
Are you 100% positive that there are ZERO bent CPU pins? I have had this issue before caused by bent pins.
I took off everything, checked and found nothing but poked and prodded anyway to make sure they were straight, then reattached everything and tried again. There was some improvement, in that I have something on the screen. However, that is:
I hope this will be something utterly stupid and that you can help me figure out what's wrong. I'm still getting code AE by the way. I'm almost certain it's strictly an image problem.
EDIT: This seems to have only happened the first time, and is not happening on my second through fifth boot attempts. I think this may be just because I switched onto the active HDMI from another input, as this also seems to happen when I tried that again.