A friend of mine came to me with this problem. He has an American Megatrends motherboard and can't get it to boot past the Checking NV RAM.. part here is what is on the screen when it freezes American Megatrends AMIBIOS TYAN TSUNAMI AT V2.00.01 012520001800 Intel 440BX AGPset P II, 400Mhz Checking NVRam.. then down at the bottom of the screen it says 62-0101-00999-0010111-071595-440BX/GX-51830001-5 What we have done: Switched PCI video card to another PCI slot Disconnected everything but the floppy/cd/harddrive Reseated the RAM, switched RAM slots, and tried different RAM modules with ones that are known to work. He says 1 time it made it past checking NVRam (where it counts the RAM) and then froze when it first said hit del to enter BIOS. Edit: He also remembered that when he first booted he had 3 RAM modules in and all it would say is American Megatrends with the logo and that was it, so he removed 2 and left 1 and thats where we are now. 2nd Edit: When I asked him what happens when he tries it with no RAM he says "nothing, it beeps". Anyone have any ideas on what to try next? Could it just be that the motherboard is bad where the RAM fits?