How do I install an OS in a tower with no software or bios?

May 12, 2018 at 16:34:02
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium 4
I bought a second hand Samsung Pentium 4 tower online and the guy who sold it to me said the tower has Window 7 but he removed it so I could install my own one. When I got the tower and powered it on a blue Intel Pentium screen is displayed and it doesn't show anything else, not even the function keys to access the BIOS menu or anything else. The guy who I bought it from told me it has no OS so I put in my Windows 7 disc but it just kept spinning and spinning and nothing else happened. I could not make the tower boot from the disc because I can't access the bios menu. I tried putting in a bootable USB but still nothing happened. As soon as the tower is powered on it just shows the blue Intel Pentium screen and nothing else. I don't know the model of the tower since the sticker has been removed.

Is it still possible for me to install an operating system?


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#1
May 12, 2018 at 17:04:46
"Samsung Pentium 4"
Exact model number please.

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#2
May 12, 2018 at 17:25:38
A longish shot... plugin in/connect the keyboard and mouse.

Boot up and press the del key as soon as the pentium screen appears; possibly press it several times, and maybe you will gain access to bios/setup screen.

Also contact the vendor and ask for details (actualmake/ model number) of the tower system. At the least (s)he ought to know that information.

If the system is truly no good, then request your money back.


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#3
May 12, 2018 at 18:05:22
"I bought a second hand Samsung Pentium 4 tower online"

That's not much to go on but I sure hope you didn't pay much. Did you open the tower to see what's inside? Are you sure it has a hard drive? Other than that, when you tried to boot it, were there any beeps?

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#4
May 12, 2018 at 19:21:08
Have you tried to reset the BIOS to default? (Remove coin battery or reset jumper)

Anything looks familiar with your tower in this image searched?
https://www.google.com/search?clien...

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#5
May 13, 2018 at 01:39:46
Yes I opened up the tower and there was a hardrive and everything else was there. When I tried booting it there was no sound

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#6
May 13, 2018 at 06:43:04
No beeps isn't a good sign. What do you have connected to the tower - monitor, keyboard & mouse? What type of keyboard & mouse - PS/2, USB, or wireless? PS/2 would probably be best, at least for the keyboard.

Try temporarily unplugging both cables to the HDD & see if that will allow the system to boot & get past the Intel screen.


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#7
May 13, 2018 at 21:15:39
The computer could have been retired because of a bad power supply which would explain no sounds at all when trying to boot it up. Please note that some but not all power supplies have a manual on/off switch on the rear, if you have not had one before you may not realize this and it might be turned off. Note also that many power supplies have a 120V/240V selector switch, make sure that it is in the correct position and not in between positions.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
May 14, 2018 at 06:48:35
The model number of the motherboard should be on the motherboard.

The power must be at least marginally adequate if a blue Intel Pentium
screen is displayed. It suggests to me that the CPU is working okay.

The reason for no beeps might be lack of a speaker. When I assembled
a new Windows 7 computer, neither the ASUS motherboard nor the Antec
case had a speaker. I added one. There were pins on the motherboard
for it to plug onto.

You might need to hit the "del" key BEFORE the Pentium screen appears.
On the HP computer I'm using right now, an HP screen appears AFTER
the time I need to hit the "esc" key to bring up the startup menu.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#9
May 17, 2018 at 09:32:24
The model is ATX-300

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#10
May 17, 2018 at 09:42:53
I tried removing the coin battery but it didn't help. The only cables plugged in is the mouse, VGA and the keyboard is also plugged in but I'm not sure its working. Could it be possible that the tower won't start up because there's no keyboard?

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#11
May 17, 2018 at 11:11:37
"ATX-300" does not look like a complete model number for either
a computer or a motherboard. In fact, it looks most like a partial
model number for a power supply. To be sure, "ATX" does refer
to the standard type of motherboard for desktop computers, but in
this situation it looks more like a power supply designed to power
ATX-type motherboards. And only 300 watts. Relatively wimpy.

If the keyboard is not plugged in or is broken, but the motherboard
is working okay and has a speaker or buzzer plugged into it, you
should get beeps when the computer starts up, to indicate that a
keyboard has not been detected. Do you know if the computer
has a speaker?

Are you getting anything besides the Intel screen?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#12
May 17, 2018 at 18:36:44
"Could it be possible that the tower won't start up because there's no keyboard?"

No. That wouldn't inhibit the system from starting. As mentioned, the lack of sound may or may not be an issue with the motherboard, depending on whether there is a speaker installed. Are there any other ambient sounds (hard drive spinning, fans running, optical drive spinning)? It may also be that you need to immediately begin repeatedly pressing whatever key would access the BIOS menu (usually F2 or F10 on a Samsung) as soon as you power it up (which obviously requires a keyboard {preferrably PS/2 style} to be attached).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#13
May 19, 2018 at 15:22:12
I tried listening to it again and I noticed that it did has a little beep all along, and there are other sounds like fans spinning, etc. As soon as I manage to get a keyboard I'll try to access the BIOS menu again. Thanks for all the help ☺

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