Sorry, it was getting late at night, I fell asleep.
Yes, I am using the correct input.
Good idea with testing with a monitor! I have a monitor, but not a DVI cable. I'll pick one up, and test with a monitor. Don't TV's have input lag when switching inputs?
I don't have a mobo speaker. I know they're cheap, but I doubt I can buy one. There is no initial fan rush, they stay at a constant speed when booted.