Thanks for the reply richyrich. I know how to view the display settings (Settings=>Display Settings) and can choose the desired resolution, but am unsure how to specifically 'replace all of the "Auto" settings in the display properties to your correct resolution, save to X.' I clicked Close - does that save to X?
I have been booting with the monitor directly attached, then trading the cables out once the system is up. I can use the KVM in this way, but have to do the hardware cabling shuffle each time I boot. I'm running 1024x768 now and would love to just force this resolution and be done with it. (actually am concerned about the monitor cable getting weak, as the KVM connector is upside down from the PC video card connector...guess I could change that, but a perm solution would be preferred.).