I had to hook it up to a CRT, stupid LCD sleep mode, but the Asus splash screen doesn't show up till AFTER the long delay. And I can't get it to display the boot check list that I remember from my last system 3yrs back. But that would appear after the Mobo splash screen, right?
I have also just found an update for the BIOS to 1002, seeing has I was using the stock one, and flashed it. No change
Oh and thank you for continuing to help me!