|A ten foot cable should be fine, providing it's not a really cheap cable with thin (higher wire gauge) wires inside of it. Try the other cable you have. |
Try looking on the Dell site for info about HDMI problems, or
- search the web for: Dell Studio 1737 manual - one of the first "hits" will probably be the manuals and t-shooting for your model.
"Is there a way to "step" through the boot process with Vista (there used to be with the old XP, I seem to recall) "
Not that I know of, but I know a lot more about XP and previous. I don't think you can do that in 2000 or XP either, but you were able to to that with 98SE back to 95, and maybe in ME.
You may be able to make a bootlog in Vista, then examine that file.
Try pressing F8 while booting to pop up the boot choices menu - that choice may be there.