One last question just to be safe there is no other card connected (gfx card) for display is there?
Cause you mentioned connecting your monitor with HDMI and i saw some info on your mobo and there is only a DVI connection.
Hmm no I dont have a additional graphics card, I am looking at the back of my motherboard now and I have DVI, VGA, and HDMI. Again the motherboard is a EVGA nForce 730a. Oh something else in my finding is my current monitor. I bought it clearance without the drivers, and that is what has been driving me crazy. I looked it up it is a Acer H213H 21" Monitor I was going to download the drivers so I can display the proper resolution, and I came to find it is only for Windows Vista. I am running Windows XP Pro.