OK, many thanks... So is this what one should do; clear the CMOS before first bootup to select factory defaults? BTW - is factory default the same as optimised defaults but just worded differently? He, he
Anyway, below is the entire list of suggestions that Asus gave me and subsequent questions that I sent back.
Suggestions from Asus technical support:
In this situation, please clear the cmos to load default settings and try again.
If it is not helpful, maybe you could download the latest version of BIOS from the following website for a try:
Due to the nature of BIOS update, there is certain level of dangers involved. BIOS update must be performed with extreme caution . During BIOS update process, your system must be maintained without interference or power loss to prevent unexpected damage.
If the problem still exists, I suggest you to take the motherboard out of case and keep the necessary components(a CPU, a memory, a video card, a HDD, an ODD) onboard to reinstall a new clear OS for a test.
If it doesn't work, please change another cable and try again.
If no effort, please change another HDD and test again.
My questions to these suggetsions:
Q: Do you mean using the 'jumper' to clear the Real Time Clock RAM
Q: How can I download the latest version of the BIOS when no operating system and m'board drivers are installed? I would have to do this via my current system, but then how do I get it from there to the new systems-build? By USB data stick?
Q: What exactly do you mean by '... your system must be maintained without interference...' ?
Q: How would taking the m'board out of the case make any difference?
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