It's still not working, and it looks more and more like I will be getting a new unit.
I took my laptop into the shop today to see what would happen with on another monitor.
I hooked it up, and that created some action actually. The boot screen came up, asked me if I wanted to run windows repair (or start normally); I started it normally, as I did not have the repair discs with me at the time (tomorrow I will pick up a second hand monitor), but it did not fully boot windows; however, it loaded for a few minutes before going to a black screen.
Tomorrow I will have everything I need to perform a system repair - the discs and an external display. Is there any hope?