If you confirm that the DVI port works with another monitor (from a different model and manufacturer) the issue you might be having would be a compatibility problem with that particular monitor.
Possibly the system is having issues detecting the EDID (extended display identification data) from the monitor connected through the DVI port.
I suggest you to test using the drivers that are provided directly by your system manufacturer and try using another monitor to troubleshoot this issue.
well the monitor that died was a samsung syncmaster 203B and worked like a charm (even if power wasn't connected it saw the monitor)
I've tried 4 different versions of intel HD drivers including the ones that came with the mainboard DVD
and with older drivers the samsung also worked without any problems
the DVI in the E1700S does work whenever I boot up until after the "starting windows message" (It can even see the bios correctly)