Hi, my friend asked me to fix his computer and re-install windows 7. Once I took a look in his computer, the sata slot was broken off the motherboard. Since he as a mini-itx board he only has 1 sata slot left. So I unplugged his ODD. Now I can't install windows with a cd. When I put windows 7 on a usb using the usb boot tool microsoft has it worked fine. But the problem is, when i put the usb in the computer, it gets stuck and the boot screen. When i press f10 to enter system setup, nothing happens. Once i take the usb out it works fine. I know its not the usb because i used it to install windows 8 release preview on my computer. So if anyone knows how to fix the bios or if it may be the usb plz help me out. This is a hp slimline computer so the locked some setting, maybe that is the problem.
i would first go into the bios and hit reset to factory defaults. just in case he changed a setting. if you were using the front header usb try seeing if the back ones will work. micro center or new egg would be your best bet for older mb. but if you do switch it out with a non hp mb then his restore cd wont work.