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Black screen when trying to boot to CD (using Option or C) on startup

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Hi, everyone. I'm working on a Mac Mini (mid-2011 vintage) with an attached Superdrive (recently purchased). My monitor is an older VGA monitor linked up to the mini using a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (plugged into the Thunderbolt port). Video runs fine, but when I try to boot to CD to try to reinstall OS, and either hold the Option key or hold C when I hear the chime, I never get any video. The screen is completely black. The moment I release Option or C, I get the usual logon screen. So I never get a screen with selection of boot devices and the mini never boots directly to CD. I'm not sure where to proceed with this and don't really want to go out and purchase a Thunderbolt monitor just to see if that would work. Anyone have any ideas that I could pursue? Thanks.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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