Compaq Wont boot. Can't use keyboard.

Compaq / Presario sr1650nx
April 26, 2009 at 09:56:00
Specs: Windows XP (Media Edition 2005?)
I bought a Compaq Presario SR1650NX from a guy at a fleamarket (lol, yeah, I know). It was in excellent shape. He told me it worked fine and everything was great. It has an AMD 64 Athlon 2.8 GHz proc. 2GB RAM, 250 GB Western Digital HD. ASUS A8AE-LE MOBO. Came with a nVIDIA Quadro FX dual DVI monitor card which I removed first thing because I dont have a DVI-VGA adapter for my LCD yet. Well, I hooked it all up and it goes to the first COMPAQ screen that says ESC=Boot Menu, F1=Setup, F10=System Recovery. Thing is, my PS2 keyboard wont work. Even tried a USB keyboard that doesnt work either (yes I'm sure the keyboards are good, use them on my other comps)
Ive taken the CMOS battery out, still nothing. booted with the hard drive disconnected, same thing happens. It just sits at the COMPAQ screen and does nothing. Is my MOBO bad? BIOS chiop bad? any help will be greatly appreciated.

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April 26, 2009 at 11:06:52
My 'guess' is a hard drive problem. Maybe it's defective or was wiped clean. Try a hard drive diagnostic from the hard drive manufacturer's web site.

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April 26, 2009 at 11:50:20
figured it out.. It was some kind of problem with the RAM. I pulled out the RAM and switched it around and it worked fine. THANKS!

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