A friend recently gave me a computer of his that he had built 4 years ago, which contains an ASUS A8V-MX Motherboard. He has had lots of virus issues with it because he was dumb enough to allow the guy that built it for him to install a pirated copy of Windows XP Professional. Instead of buying and installing a legitimate OS, he bought another PC and gave me this one. Naturally, I want to get rid of the pirated OS and am going to install a Linux-based OS on it instead.
The problem I am having is that I cannot access the Boot or Setup screens. When the initial screen pops up, I press Tab (which I learned from the ASUS support website, was the correct key), it gives me about 1/2 a second to press F8 (to enter boot) or Delete (to enter setup). I've tried doing both, and each time the screen goes blank after I press either the F8 or Delete key. I ctrl-alt-del to get it to move on and it starts Windows. What can I do to get it to show the Boot screen in order to change the boot order so I can replace this OS?
Here is additional system info:
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0111 09/26/2005
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+
Seagate ST3160812AS Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 160-GB Hard Drive
SONY DVD RW DW-Q120A