here's the deal. I have a HP Presario SR5450F with a Foxconn Micro ATX MB. about 3 1/2 yrs old. this MB is MCP73M01H1. I think the MB went bad as I cannot boot at all. I get one long (15 sec) beep immediately at power up...no video whatsoever. this just repeats itself with at 5 sec intervals. I thought it was the CPU so I replaced that and still had the same problem. I pulled the memory sticks one at a time but made no difference and also checked all connections.
my research indicated that one long beep like this is a serious CPU or system problem. I was thinking of replacing the MB but I'm not sure what potential problems I may have such as BIOS, chipset drivers, power supply connections,etc since I would be booting from the old hard drive with Vista. I don't have recovery disks for this system.
is this a good idea or should is it too many potential headaches? obviously I would like to reuse the case, PSU, disk, memory maybe, DVD burner, etc.