thanks for the info, I will try to clear the bios first. The mobo was manufactured before Jan 08. I purchased it in earlier Jan 08. and with the new .45n cpu I will probably have to up-date the bios once I can get into the settings..
All parts are new except for the ATI 2900's, Box has been lying on its side for 4 wks, like a wounded moose while I try to figure out this "TESTCMOS" warning that appears on the lcd display after I turn on the power. I heard that the maximus formula mobo's do not play well with some memory.. I will probably drop some coin on some 512 MB DDR2 PC-2 6400 to test with, after I try the clear bios route. I may have to shoot the moose if after the clr bios and 512MB memory test's do not work..
Any other thought's or idea's are appreciated...
your bios will likely never work with that processor AT ALL until you update it. Put in an older cpu, flash the bios, then put in your new cpu. Was the same with my AMD mobo, had to put in an X2 to flash it before it would boot a PHENOM.
If you don't have an older cpu, you will have to borrow one, or bring your mobo to a shop that can do it for you. I think you could also send the mobo to the manufacturer to be flashed for you if you absolutely cannot borrow a CPU.