well, waiting a week for the mobo to get to california and back is out of the question, hence my persistence :P
As for the problem, i found somehwere that the long beeps mean a memory problem.
I was worried this might happen, so i managed to scrape money together for the 333Mhz RAM i was hoping i wouldn't have to buy right now.
i'm gonna go get it today and hope it fixes this problem.
...if not, i have a 3-year replacement/repair warranty
thanks for your help, guys.