1) Is there a way to boot directly from the disc without hitting f12 at the prompt?
2) How do I solve the blank screen issue?
1. Yes, change to boot from Optical drive in your BIOS (I don't like this because most of the time I forget to remove the live CD/DVD)
2. Not sure what you mean, if is your computer splash screen then check to see if you can deselect show splash screen in your BIOS
Also while checking the settings in your BIOS/CMOS make sure RAM or/and Hard disk test is disable (that is if your BIOS has these features) for more info refer to your motherboard manual, if you do not have the manual you should be able to download from lenovo
Desktop ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus, AMD 64 X2 Dual Core 5200, 4 Gb RAM, GeForce 9500 1GB
Notebook HP CQ61-311AX, AMD CPU M320, 4 Gb RAM, Radeon HD 4300 512 MB
Wireless AR9285, Audio ATI SBx00 (IDT 92hd75B2x5)
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