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older p3 system doesnt boot up

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May 9, 2008 8:58:13 PM

NOOB QUESTION. i got a hold of a used p3 system from a few years back, it didn't have a hdd installed, so i threw one in and connected it and started it up.

the computer starts up and shows the message something like

1800 +

Checking NVRAM... ok

then it just shows options like boot menu f8... network boot f12... etc

then doesnt do anything, and it doesnt do anything when i press the keys on the keyboard... i know the keyboard is working but maybe the mobos bad or something

whats the prob? i tried 2 hard drives same thing, is it the mobo??

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 9, 2008 9:09:10 PM

Please list more info. Try clearing the CMOS first and then try and install an OS.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2008 12:54:12 AM

Uhm, you do have an OS installed? It may not know where to find an operating system.
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May 10, 2008 4:35:08 AM

i actually don't know if there is an OS installed because i just got a bunch of old hard drives from someone and i only tried 2 of them so far. i will try clearing the cmos as youve said
May 26, 2008 10:29:41 PM

yep there's probably no os installed