Hello, I purchased 4 ASROCK K7VM2 motherboards(AMI bios) with AMD 2100xp CPUs of which two went together flawlessly. The other 2 were put together using the wrong IDE cables that were bought at a local office supply store. The hired help told me incorrectly that the IDE cables he stocked were the appropriate ones for my Ultra ATA drives and DVD/CDRW/CDROM combo drives. I powered the computers up and got the same start up indications as the other good computers but then they froze up. I recognized the problem with the cables and have since installed the correct cables. Now, the screen on one computer goes through the memory check and then recognizes the hard drive and CD/DVD but then stops. I get no ability to enter the BIOS as the computer doesn't seem to accept input from the keyboard. I tried startup with out the cables and the computer then goes through the part where it says the Primary drive and CDrom are not installed and then comes up with the message "FDC error, press F1 to continue" (note: no floppy drives are installed in any of the 4 computers.) Again, pressing F1 on the keyboard does nothing and the computer acts as though it doesn't recognize the keyboard. HELP!!!
The other computer doesn't even keep the monitor on long enough to see what's happening; it keeps going into standby. Help please....
Is there a way to have the computers cleared, so that it rechecks for the hardware installed and reconfigures the BIOS to get to a point where I can load the operating system from the CDROM on to the hard drive?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance, PCROOKIE.