|Originally posted by rbmcgee|
First, I'm not sure I understand your question. If you remove your video card, you won't be able to see anything.
Second, I think one of the main reasons that people, especially newbies, have unstable HTPCs is do to a lack of understanding as to how to properly install an OS. From personal experience I can tell you that mistakes made at the OS loading stage can plague a machine indefinately.
A great resource is at the Asus boards ( http://www.asusboards.com/forums/for...?s=&forumid=41 ) by a guy named Mr. Steveo. Unfortunately the board is down now so I can't link to the specific thread, but it is stuck at the top of the linked forum. For the most part, his loading instructions work with any board. Pay close attention to the order of the install.
If newbies stick with the tried and true hardware, proper OS techniques and tested and verified software/drivers/settings a completely stable HTPC is possible.