>If the card is in the comp then the monitor connects to the card
ah I didn't think of that- although it looks like I'll need an adapter of some sort since the monitor I have doesn't have the required cable to connect to the card.
Also, I got some new RAM which is listed as compatible and tried it out on the motherboard. No beep. The store said it might be something to do with the motherboard- so I guess I'll look into that as well. I guess the question here is, is a motherboard capable of doing the long beeps and pass the test for CPU+HSF only but will fail the test when RAM is added?