I do not get a link light at all with either port when it is in the BIOS. Once in windows both ports link and work fine. I have tried only enabling one than the other with no results. When "BOOT ROM" is turned on it does not show up in the boot order list or when I hit F11 to show the selection list. Only the HDD's show up.
I am going to mess with the BIOS settings more today now that I know the NIC's work fine at least in windows. Thats the main thing that had me worried. I really did not want to RMA the board.
Some progress. It seams that there are not enough resources or something to PXE boot even when "Load optimized defaults" is selected or off a CMOS clear.
I went through the BIOS and shut off everything I could find (USB3.0, Audio, RAID) except for the two NIC's and the "Enable boot ROM" option and I finally got it to come up in the boot order menu as well as F11. The NIC's came up with a link light as soon as the system powered on as well.
But if this is not a bug and is a outright hardware limitation why include the feature? I had to shut off a lot of things to get the option to show up. Even the RAID and SATA3.
<message edited by crkinard on Saturday, July 17, 2010 11:56 AM>