This one is an AN7 mobo, AMD Barton core 2600 CPU, 2.5gig DDR RAM, ATI 128 All In Wonder 9600 video, Super Flower 12V PSU, Two 160gig Maxtor SATA drives Sony DVD R/CD R, flash card reader in front and floppy drive in a Lian LI case. This computer is connected to a KVM that switches two channels between this system and the other one that you just helped me finally get going.
This situation is different though. When I went away on April 14 I powered it down and (am quite sure) turned it off. It had been performing fine for a year or so since I first built it. When I came home April 25 it was running and no longer accessible other than to power on. To the best of my knowledge no one tampered with it, I cannot get to POST or BIOS. I have reset CMOS numerous times. The CPU and mobo fans both turn but the mobo fan is not predictable, sometimes runs sometimes not (it responded to an insert button suggestion from troubleshooting in the manual) and I really still don't think it's a mechanical problem. The DVD door doesn't open. I have taken out the battery and left it out over night, cleared CMOS so many times I've forgotten how many, left it unplugged and in essence I gave up to focus on the other computer first so as to have a good clean running system to work from.
I have replaced the CMOS battery, blown out all the dust and am stumped. There is no video activity, no POST running on the led on the mobo and it will only turn off or on from the back.
I was told by a friendly stranger at Frys that I needed to get a boot floppy to get into DOS but I haven't done that yet and after looking at the various boot disk web sites I'm not quite sure which way to turn. As these HDD have data on them I hope to preserve, I hope to revive this system without reformatting the drives first if I can help it.
Who can suggest how I might get it to POST or get into BIOS for starters? I assume that is what I need to do first? Anybody? :help