you are correct it should beep if you have no ram........ BUT if your PC speaker isn't hooked up :-)
reset button stuck haha yea thats a gotchya.
will the motherboard power down the system if you hold the power button?
also what kinda system are we dealing with?
its not always the motherboard just because of the power issue.
a motherboard with a bad proc will respond to start up and shut down commands, but nothing will happen, no video, no beep, no screen.
a motherboard with no proc installed will only shut down via pulling the plug from the power supply.