Thanks for your response.
I've been shying away from Linux for years having struggled through CPM & DOS (yup I'm old)
I already mentioned that ASR tech support sux.
I decided to call them today and got a guy on the phone that pretty much verified that the online support just attempts to get a bunch of similar sounding inquiries and then sends them a canned response.
The kind of problems I run into have never been the run of the mill problems.
I explained the symptoms & the tech suggested doing a USB install through one of the 2.0 ports, going manual w/the memory voltage of 1.6. The nominal voltage of these G-Skill sticks is 1.5. That gives you 1333 but the sticks are rated 1866, They WANT more power.
Anyway I gave him the suspect code from the Onboard LED readout. He said it was an "unknown" code. WTF??? These Mfrs use modded AMI code on AMI based chipsets!
To suggest that the FM2A85X is not a sophisticated board would be foolish.
Dig this, the guy suggested I get the CPU, RAM & board replaced.
I shipped the whole shebang off a couple of hours ago. I can't believe how stubborn and unlucky I am. I think I have had maybe 5 builds when I didn't get at least one major DOA component.
I'm convinced that it was the board but common! 3 in a row?
I'll build a dual boot system when this hardware comes back in I guess.
I'll let you know how it turns out. My next move is to just get another board. Probably a Gigabyte. ASRock was spun off from Asus years ago. Their tech support sux as well.
FM2A85X Extreme6, AMD A 10 5800K, 2x4G G-Skill Sniper 1866,