Great that you got the one working, but I am of no help to you at this point.
Reminds me of something that happened to me. My keyboard has a shut down function key combination, and once I pressed it while Windows was already shutting down, so it shut down like normal. But the next time I pressed the power button on the tower it instantly popped up with the Windows shut down screen with no BIOS or anything and hung there indefinately; very odd.
And that trade does seem a bit off; I'm behind your choice in seeking a different brand, my ego couldn't take such a beating, heh. But dude, drill a hole in that mother, make a necklace out of it, and craft a catchy, mesmerising story about it, for fun, of course. Someone else's idea might be more productive, though, heh.