When attempting to boot from the CD, the screen is initially black with a message floating on it that states "Not Optimum Mode Recommended Mode 1600 x 1200 60HZ Analog" from my monitor. I don't see anything else. Why didn't Boot Disk start up.

The Active@ Boot Disk CD starts up using a standard resolution of 1024 x 768 which is compatible with a majority of video cards and monitors.

Check your monitor user guide or settings to see if you can override and set it to 1024 x 768, otherwise we recommend hooking up another monitor.