As I mentioned in my OP, video was not coming on for the POST process, but once Windows got control, all was fine -> windows is able to display its video.
I wondered if it had something to do with CMOS settings, so I opened the case, moved the configuration jumper to the other 2 pins and powered up.
VOILA! Video during POST!
So I went in, reset the BIOS options to Default via the menu option under "Exit" to reset to default options. I powered down again, put the jumper back to the normal position.
I went back in after and reset the bios to how I wanted it to be, but DIDNT TOUCH ANY OF THE VIDEO BIOS OPTIONS like I normally do.
Now all is well=> I just need to now figure out which video option I normally change (and worked on 0125) is causing the no video during POST.
FYI - I hope this might help someone else who gets into this situation.
My feeling is that there is some kind of bug in 0132 to do with video bios settings causing no video during POST.
Maybe this will help, trying the fast boot recovery.
Fast boot recovery
The BIOS is able to determine if the previous attempt to boot was unsuccessful. When the computer is booted, if the previous boot failed during POST, Fast Boot will be disabled and the following message is displayed: “The previous boot attempt failed. Would you like to restore Fast Boot on the next boot? (Y/N)”. If the boot attempt fails after POST (OS boot failure etc.) no message is displayed and Fast Boot is still active.
Power button recovery
The power button can be used to recover if you encounter Fast Boot problems.
- From a powered off state, press and hold the power button for approximately 2 seconds (release it when you hear 3 short beeps).
- The BIOS will follow a normal boot path as if Fast Boot were disabled.
- If Fast Boot was enabled, the following message will be displayed: “Fast Boot failsafe trigger was detected. Would you like to restore Fast Boot on the next boot? (Y/N)”
Back to BIOS recovery
This method can only be performed on Intel® Desktop Boards that include the Back to BIOS feature. It is triggered by pressing a button on the back panel of the board. When this button is triggered, it will light up and the BIOS will follow a recovery boot process. It forces the BIOS to boot directly into the BIOS Setup, where you can disable Fast Boot if needed.
BIOS recovery with the configuration jumper
This method can be performed on any Intel desktop board.
- Refer to your board’s Product Guide or Technical Product Specification for the location of the BIOS configuration jumper.
- Move the jumper from Pins 1-2 to Pins 2-3.
- Turn on the system and it will boot directly into the BIOS, where you can turn off Fast Boot if needed.
Note on A/C power loss
If Fast Boot is enabled and your system loses A/C power during the POST process, the board will detect the A/C power loss on the next boot and you will receive the message "“The previous boot attempt failed. Would you like to restore Fast Boot on the next boot? (Y/N)”.
Actually, for me, to fix the "no video during POST" error, it was as simple as moving the configuration jumper to the other pins (I think its 1 & 2?) and booting. That gave me video during post. Now that I had video, I reset my BIOS options back to the default "Load Defaults".
I was able to then set options to what I wanted AS LONG AS I DIDNT CHANGE ANYTHING UNDER THE VIDEO menuitem. I have not yet diagnosed which specific option in video causes me to get into that state.