I have tried booting with hirens v15.2. The thing is there should at least be a post so I plugged in a speaker to the onboard connector. No beeps whatsoever, apparently even without ram you should get beeps but nothing.
I tried just the psu (24pin + 4pin cpu) motherboard, reseated cpu and speaker. Not a sound except the cpu fan.
In the past my mobos have always posted and gone bios, is there possibly some difference with server boards an extra step to get it to bios. If it wont even post wtf could it be they are both brand new parts.
OK so I have removed a cap from a jumper dubbed "ME Recovery", it has three pins (2 default, 2 recovery) and now my computers singing to me three long beeps on power. I am assuming it's now a mere memory compatibility issue. The bios is "64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS" I can't find a beep code can anyone confirm this?
Above is the FAQ from Asrock who make the board. When there is no ram I get three long beeps, when I put ram in I get nothing, since I get three beeps on no ram I think the CPU-mobo is fine because bad CPU is no beep. So I think it is bad memory (or non-compatible) as per the third line. I checked for memory compatibility and found a very short list, essentially Asrock are plying new ground with mini-itx server boards so probably made a mistake picking it.
I will be taking it to a computer store tomorrow to get it checked and I will give him the info. Hopefully he has some server sticks he can test it with. I will also initiate the return in case it does turn out to be defective.