Have 3 systems here all 3 sat in someones basement for a year plus. All 3 have their release bios's on them.
A X58 gigabyte, X58 Asus and X45 Intel
Not one of them would boot. all of them had no ram and I was trying to use all my old 1333 1600 chips to no luck. Then I found it a OEM Hynix 1GB 1066 chip and it was the chip of the gods.
Got all 3 systems online and updated. now all 3 will take up to 8gb chips issue free.
The bios it's a powerful thing