Thanks! And also thanks for the quick reply. I did think of this workaround, so I tried the following:
1. Booted with the HDMI cable in the on-board graphics slot - no dice - still get a "no signal" display on the display
2. Booted with a regular VGA cable in the graphics card VGA slot - no BIOS splash screen, "no signal" on panel, then straight to Windows logon screen
3. Booted VGA cable in on-board graphics slot - again "no signal" all the way.
Looks like the only option I have left is to physically remove the graphics card and then try and boot and see. Which is a massive pain