New CPU = DOA.
Replacement ordered. Will not be shipped until today. I now have to wait until tomorrow to find out if the CPU is, indeed, DOA…or if there is some other problem. I’ll agree with ASUS, here. The POST process is only interrupted if you install the CPU, so it’s pretty damned likely that is the problem…but…I’m shaken on this one. Big time. I dropped a LOT of cash into this machine, and now I’m starting to worry that it will never work.
See, I’m a freak. I admit it.