does it work without a cd/dvd drive attached?
No, we already tried that. Checked and re-checked over and over again, all our connections. I'm wondering if the board doesn't like the GeForce 9600, I thought I saw somewhere in these discussions that this board "doesn't like high end graphic cards".
Could it be incompatible memory? Below is the Corsair memory we bought:
"The Twin2X4096-6400C5 G is a 4096MByte matched pair of DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs. This part delivers outstanding performance in the latest generation of dual-channel DDR2-based motherboards. It has been tested extensively in multiple DDR2 motherboards to ensure compatibility and performance at its rated speed. This memory has been verified to operate at 800MHz at the low latencies of 5-5-5-18."