Evidence suggests there's something wrong with my motherboard, an MSI 770-G45, but I want to make sure it's not some setting or what have you.
So, lets say I am going to restart my comp. I hit restart in windows, and it proceeds to do just that. Only one problem that I know of with this picture: My monitor turns off, and stays off, until I power off or press the hard reset on my pc. I can live with this issue, it's just annoying, having to manually hit reset, after restarting my comp thru Windows, BIOS, bootable cd, etc...
How do you have it connected to the monitor? I've seen one time when a monitor was connected via a DVI cable a monitor not want to detect a signal at first. Try connecting it by a vga. Before that maybe check video drivers, or possibly if there are any bios updates for your board, but I'd use bios flashing as a last resort.