|Thanks for your post, but it is not the answer. This machine was "wiped" (by THEM - whoever THEY are) prior to its sale to me. So it has NO media - no drives. |
Of course I would go into the bios setup - IF I ONLY COULD!!!
The problem is I can't get there... after successfully POSTing the memory, it says "invalid checksum in cmos... press F1 to save default values" ...and then you're stuck. Pressing F1 does nothing. Pressing ANY function key does nothing. I know the keyboard works cause I can escape (Esc) from the memory test, and the only keyboard combination that works subsequently is ctrl-alt-del.
It looks like the system freezes when it tries to write the default values into CMOS, but it also might be trying to PXE boot to access a local server (which doesn't exist on MY lan)
By the way, not all bios are integrated into the same package as the CMOS. And yes, I have replaced defective chips that were socketed on the motherboard. I need a better manual than the one I downloaded from HP.
I replaced the battery with one I had lying around, I'll go get a new one later and see if it helps.