As you may have noticed I have been doing a few updates here. I did get a new monitor last Monday and Linux detected it without any problems. I didn't need a new video card as the temporary monitor didn't play well with the card in the Linux box. Also, no special manual configuration, Linux handled it all for me without a problem.
I didn't have to do anything special for recovery as Linux handled it well. I am quite pleased at how Linux handled a shutdown while running and recovery was as smooth and quick as it would have been in Windows.