The "Direct key" to force BIOS to come up doesn't work now. As I said in an earlier post, I tried it the first time and it did just what the manual said - took me right into the BIOS. When I tried it again, the direct key did absolutely nothing. Tried removing a few components and attempted to boot again.... no luck.
I'm going to have to send it to ASUS. It's only 6 months old. And in my 2 previous attempts to get just online support from ASUS, I was very disappointed. Incredibly incompetent support on both occasions. I'd heard a few times that ASUS has good products but lousy support. Now I can confirm that.
So I hope I can get a solution to this issue before I'm ready for retirement!

Thanks for the help.