Chry: yes, I reach BIOS and all appears normal. MEM shows the 2GB RAM. Not sure what component to remove as I believe they are all likely to be necessary: RAM, chip, power.... Do you know if there are any links about loading Linux specific to this motherboard? Thanks - Art Quote: Originally Posted by artG8345 I bought the hardware for a miniITX unit: all the hardware seems to operate correctly. When I go to load Linux (Ubuntu) it just hangs. I've tried other steps, such as to use GParted to prepare any basic partitions...also hangs. When I am using a startup disk (either DVD or USB stick) then I get the starting Ubuntu logo but as it starts to load I get to a blinking underscore and it just stays there. I suppose I'm not knowledgeable enough about the starting steps for this...these steps worked for me on a basic desktop so I'm not sure what is the difference? Art Can you reach BIOS (first)? I would try to isolate the fault as usual to a particular compnent by adding removing with ones you know are working. Also memtest to check RAM if you haven't already?