Thanks for responding and all the help so far from everybody here. Its nice to have nice folks who are willing to take a minute and help me, and I am very appreciative of that.
Yes, I have cleaned it, and blew out the slots, although this board appears to be an OEM pull.
Weird though-this board says the BIOS is a Phoenix D686.
The board is Gateway part number 4000792.
With all the collective minds anad talent here, I'm sure we will find a solution.