|So do you have it setting outside of the case on cardboard? |
To test the board outside the case connect ONLY the following: MBoard, CPU w/HS/fan, 1 stick of RAM, video card or onboard, keyboard, monitor. Only connect the 24 pin main power connector, the auxillary power to board, any aux power required to the video card, CPU fan in the CPU header. Start the board by momentarily shorting the 2 power switch pins.
Do no install any other cards, RAM, header wiring, etc. Board should POST to a screen indicating there is no bootable device. You should hear a single beep.
As stated above start tapping the del key as soon as your fire up the board. You should get into the BIOS and reset date, time, boot order, etc.