I did as you suggested. The short response is that it would have been less painful to just hit myself on the head with a hammer. ASUS "Support" really is the pits 😞
It would be very helpful if there was a provision to buck problems up to level two (or higher) support. The drones who handle these tickets seem to mostly be working from scripts and have no real understanding on how to use the products they are supporting. I like this forum better.... folks here seem to mostly actually *OWN AND USE* the M8 mobos and products.
Asked the chat person if bitlocker is supported on M8F. After going through the "needs a TPM" hampter wheel, the answer was no.
When I get my Win10 Pro USB stick in a couple of weeks I'll try installing it and see how it goes. I'll update that thread accordingly. I found a thread on answers.microsoft.com that indicates that you need to go into the local policy manager and enable non-TPM encryption.... we shall see.
What would be REALLY helpful would be to talk to someone at ASUS who has actually installed Win10 Pro with bitlocker on the M8F. I'm assuming that somewhere along the design/release path, someone in SQA did this.
Ideally, someone on this forum has also done this but apparently I will be the first to try.
Ditto for the XP experiment. Since the chat person blew me off on my bitlocker question I didn't even bother to ask about XP. You don't need to be a mind reader to guess that her response will be "M8F doesn't support XP". Sigh.....
The comments/advice/etc on this topic are appreciated, but rather than downgrade my BIOS to a version that's a year and a half old, it would be very cool to hear from someone who's actually slapped an XP HDD on this mobo and gotten it to work.
If I can get Linux to fire right up with no *NIX drivers, a non-FAT/NTSF filesyslem and a totally different bootloader, getting a known good XP HDD (or the XP Install CD) to at least boot up seems reasonable to expect. Especially since a year an a half old BIOS version (0018) apparently did this.