Well I must have done something to the thing because now I don't seem to even have bios.
When I bought this machine I paid $50 for it; and, after the person who sold it to me tore out the door I discovered it was full of cockroaches. Cockroaches! (No kidding! Chock-full of them). So, until recently I hadn't 'thoroughly' cleaned it but the other day I took the whole thing apart (labeled everything - where it came from), cleaned everything up with denatured alcohol and put it back together but adding more stuff from the other units I have sitting around (3 expansion cards, an additional disk and two disc drives).
Today, I got to remembering how, when I tried to install Linux on that machine before I had all kind of problems and it would not complete the install (I had tried like 5 different distos at that time). It then sat for months, until now. I also remembered what someone said to me recently regarding those install problems and that he had said they were running across a lot of HP machines where there was some problem between the system clock and the clock in Linux.
I got to looking over the specs for my mobo again on HP's site . . .
. . . and I saw that there is instructions at the bottom of that page on clearing cmos using a jumper on the mobo. I put 2 and 2 together (so I thought) and followed the procedure (for both clearing cmos and password - 2 separate jumpers).
When I turn the machine on it get no output to the display at all and all it does is the fans run like a bat out of hell. When I try to use the power button to shut down it does not respond. I have had to remove the power cord from the back of the machine to power off.
HP Pavilion a1253w Media Center, or so it started. Everything is stock except for adding a hard drive, replacing the disc drive with two different ones, and replacing the modem card plus two other expansion cards. Here is a link to the system specifications on HP's web site and further system info follows that.
Model: HP Pavilion a1253w Media Center (changes have been made, though that's where it started).
CPU: an AMD 64 3400+ (circa 2002? 2005? - part of the original machine)
RAM: 2 x 256 MB pc 3200 ddr sdram 400 MHz 184 pin
Mobo: an old Amberine board (4 slots for RAM - up to 4 GB but I'll have 2 - 2.5 GB)(onboard sound and graphics)
Expansion Slots: ATA (ATA?) and one pcie
Drive Types: all ide (2 X disk drives - one WD 80 GB is primary and one Maxtor 100 GB is slave. 2 X disc drives both ide).
Other: Because it's an old media center machine it has the 5? in 1 card reader and a thing with a few extra usb ports and other stuff (out the front of the machine). I'd like to keep those. (I'd attach a pic but I'm not seeing how to do that with this bb). To see the "other thing" - http://i.ebayimg.com/10/!CE!mJVQEWk~$(KGrHqF,!lsEz+4J5i0DBNQdftvG!Q~~_35.J PG
The expansion cards themselves:
1 x Modem = Gateway GVC SF-1156IV/ R9A (Gateway p/n: 6001260) @ http://pjcomputers.net/gatewaygvcsf-...epcimodem.aspx
1 x Audio card = Ensoniq Audio PCI 9740 (chipset es1370; Assembly NO: 01 rev. e) (can't find a link for details)
1 x Wireless NIC = Motorola Wireless PCI Adapter WPC810G (upc: 6 12572 09533 1) @ http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=WPC810G
If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them. I need to be cautions though since this thing is really all I've got for this.
Thanks in advance for any help.