Need a little help with an older machine...
I promise that one of these days I'll start contributing to the forums, instead of just asking questions...but that day'll have to wait until I've got some of that "expertise" people are always talkin' about.
My church is tiny, with like fifteen regular members, and we do not have a pianist. Instead, we use old computers and Windows Media Player to play music from our little AV booth in the back.
The machine that we were using, a fifteen year old laptop, has finally given up the ghost, so to speak. Now I'm building a desktop out of some spare parts to replace it.
All the hardware's in its proper place, with jumpers set appropriately. Problem is, it refuses to boot from CD. I know it's not a problem with any of my boot disks; I've tried putting Xubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 9.10, and Windows XP Home Edition (SP2, I think...)
Each of these disks have been tested and used in other machines. Even when I unplug the HDD, and leave only the CD drive connected, I get nothing. I finally threw my hands up, and connected the HDD to another machine--a working one.
After disconnecting the HDDs from this machine, I hooked up the problem drive and managed to install Windows successfully. Then I put it back into the old machine, and hoped for the best.
I still got nothing. Now it won't boot from the CD or the HDD. Any ideas?