The issue is not that it could disable the USB ports during boot (though you can do that it is never on by default). The issue was with certain Asus P5N32-E SLI boards and a certain BIOS version; it would have issues with the polling rates of Razor devices. One BIOS version was fine, flash to the new one with a razor keyboard or mouse plugged in during POST, and it would freeze during POST.
It seems that the guy saying RAM could be right, if it was unstable or running in an unsupported way. As for motherboard standoff shorting out; that is doubtful; if it was, you would hit the power switch, get power for a fraction of a second, and everything would power down.
This is why it is important to know your systems and trouble shoot things one thing at a time, rather then just basing all your diagnostics on past experiences.
I took them out and switched them around. I put the matching 1GB pair in A1 and B1, I put the 2GB in A2 and the 512MB in B2 and I got power to the USB's. I got it to boot and I installed the operating system. The RAM configuration had frozen the BIOS and knocked out the power to the motherboard connections. I ended up removing the 512MB stick completely because my 32 bit operating system would recognize a max of 3.5GB (minus .25GB for running my OS).
In addition, now that I have the system running I noticed that power to the USB's flashes on then off then on right when my motherboard screen closes and the operating system boots. I have to press delete at the very last second before the screen changes over to get into the BIOS. My original RAM configuration froze me BEFORE the power was to come on back there.
Thanks for playing along everyone. While you guys are talking about joining the 4.0Ghz club I'm starting threads about USB ports - very exciting. Please forgive me. They kicked me off of Techimo.com for calling a moderator a 12 year old girl, so this is the only forum I have left to discuss these issues. Besides which, some poor schmuck out there is having the same issue and has returned his MOBO 4 times. I imagine he's in tears by now... Like a 12 year old girl...