It may be something short-circuiting the board or may be the board is already short-circuited by the front panel connection.
Before trying to place an RMA for the board, I will suggest you to do these steps:
Actually, i think it is best that you try your system out of the chassis.
Leave the system with minimum configuration.
Only Board + CPU + Memory and Graphics Card.
Switch the BIOS COnfiguration Jumper to Maintenance/Configuration Mode.
Boot up the system using a screwdriver by short-circuiting the right pin (check on the TPS for information, dont use the front panel header)
If it boots up, try to recover the bios again as a precaution.
If you need help on the recovery BIOS Method:
Note: these can be found on:
If system does not boot up, remove the memory to see if it does issue any beeps.
If no beep.
Place an RMA for the board thru Intel if > 30 days Purchase or go to your reseller for RMA
Let me know how it goes.
Thanks for the reply,
Sadly I have tried everything you have suggested: outside the chassis, minimum config (even without the RAM and graphics to see if it gets a mem test failure - still nothing), switching the BIOS pin and resetting the CMOS and still getting the same result - nothing turns on and only the power led on the motherboard blinks.
I am trying to figure out if it is only the motherboard that is the problem or if it is the processor too.
Hopefully these pieces of hardware are the only things that are having problems. At least everything is still under warranty.
Thanks again for your reply Aryan.