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Make sure to have the latest bios version for the board
Do all these tests out of the chassis and with min configuration (only one memory)
- Try the board out of the chassis to eliminate short circuit problem.
- Try another compatible memory module and boot the system with minimum configuration.
(very rare it could be down to the CPU.)
Check with the board manufacturer whether they know anything on this.
Check all the hardware compatibility with the board manufacturer (memory model and sl number of the cpu)
All the best,
Geez, this has really been a while since I looked at this post. But the solution: contacted the MOBO manuf. and had them replace the board. They stated that it was a manuf. defect and replaced it free of charge! Woo! (This all occured about 3 months after the original post)...
Thanks for all the help community!