So the issue is I can't seem to get the board to boot any of my drives. I get 1 beep on post which seems to mean normal operation in the manual. But then I get the boot device light error. Which makes sense, because If I try and boot a HD from my old setup I get the XP logo screen and then it hangs and blue screens every time. Error says to check drives for instability. However I get the same error if I try to fresh install XP on the new SSD. XP loads from the disc fine, but as soon as the installation process starts it blue screens.
I've tried using different sata ports and nothing works.
Not sure if this is related or not but the bios sata function show only 6 of the 8 ports. 2 of the 6 gb ports aren't even showing up if I have something plugged into them. I can seem them in the boot device menu though so I'm not sure it matters.
I'm not sure if flashing the bios will help or not.
BIOS, yes try version 1305. Also, for XP I would use the SATA 3Gb/s ports (black), once all of the drivers especially the Chipset is installed migrate to other SATA ports if needed. Also, do NOT use the USB3 ports.
The BSOD can be from non-SP3, USB3, BIOS or RAM. Any there any other LED(s) on?
Ok, So I did get around to flashing the bios last night, but before I did that I was reading through the MOBO manual and came across the option to set all SATA bays to IDE mode... This allowed me to boot my HD's with XP already installed on them. Then finally i was able to install XP with SP 2 on the SSD and update it to Win 7. What a chore. But at least it's done, and I can start updating drivers and checking out some benchmark scores.
I appreciate all the help and advice Jaquith, thanks again.