Thanks for the replies.
I would be more than willing to help with the testing phase, even if it means purchasing a BIOS savior.
I have tried forcing all the settings. Went into BIOS with my 2800+ NC, set multi to 9x, HTT clock to 200MHz, Vcore to 1.35v. Didn't seen to do the trick, unless there's a setting that I missed. It completely locks up at the logo, I can't even get into the BIOS. I didn't try it with a single memory stick; I'll keep that in mind next time I'm tinkering with it.
If you could lead me to anybody that may be able to help, that'd be great.
I had always assumed it would boot even without microcode support; kind of like it was with the DTRs and 62w mobiles, where they boot, but only after three tries. Then again, this chip is 90nm; maybe the microcode is so radically different that the board has no idea what to do.
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look around on Google and see what I can find.
To all others, the challenge is still out there! :nod: