In my opinion the T7600 is way overpriced for the advantage over a T7200 and the T7200 go for much less. Any c2d is overkill for the car unless you are like me and use high end programs in the car. :)
Also I should clarify in the posts above when I say "nothing happened" what I mean is the LEDs (2 red ones for some reason) light up and the cpu fan spins. My HD spins up and everything. However, the screen is never awakened, no beep is heard, HD never starts to seek, just the initial spin up then dead, nothing. So it is a powered nothing. That is what led me to believe CPU problems because that is exactly what happened to me on that same 6800 SLI computer. The P4EE was brand new ($1200 for the 3.2Ghz I think) and all the motherboard BIOS's were not yet setup for the P4EE except the newest ones. And when you order, you usually get the oldest board they have so they can rotate stock, so the board wouldn't POST either until I put in a not-so-old-at-the-time P4 HT and booted it up, flashed the BIOS and put in the P4EE again. That is also one of the reasons why I bought a Core Duo instead of the Core 2 Duo the second time to rule out BIOS being old.
Well the chances of all those components being bad is very small. Maybe fate has it in for you :lol:
That ram chip configuration that it needs could be the issue. You mentioned you tried a few but if it is finicky about chip arrangements, then who knows? Maybe it needs all the chips on one side of the RAM stick (I've seen this before).
Make sure all USB devices are unplugged. Make sure the all drives are unplugged. Just connect keyboard and screen and power.
Make sure the system is grounded nicely. You probably already have this covered but it can't hurt to check. Maybe even a special grounding rig for the PSU and MB.
On newegg someone mentioned that this MB cannot run CAS 4 RAM properly. Needs CAS latency of 5.
Others are saying theirs shipped with a dead BIOS battery...
Thanks for trying to help though. I did do the normal troubleshooting before my rant I promise!
I would be curious to see what other people that have this board think of it in operation. Overall Newegg.com people say it is a good deal except for a few that have my exact problem. So I guess it is a "if it works, it works excellent. If it doesn't work, it will never work..."
Please like Toaster asks, if you have this board please comment on it, what your impression and experience is. Post alot of details.
^^^Sounds worth the extra cost in this case if you really want THIS motherboard...
I had the same thing happen on my Sh@@# VIA C7 board. I turned it on out of the case and it beeped and started loading the operating system. i hope you tried this cause a very stupid error. I noticed that my SATA cable was jiggling and when put back in the case it would disconnect enough to make the system not boot. Just fans spinning and lights on, but no beep and boot. I replaced with a lockable cable. Have you checked this?
Yup, actually never put it in a case, resting on various things (non of them conductive btw :lol:)
Also using IDE not SATA, and the cable was snug, and HD known to be good as it boots right away in different mobo.