If you are in a rush please skip to third paragraph
I posted a template yesterday on the other section to help decide what type of PC I needed, I then posted a description to one I had just found and was told it was a great (Ripping to be precise ) deal, I thought so too, anyway to save time here is that link which includes a link to system specs also http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic478180.html
So I picked it up and he seemed a genuine lad, after thinking he may be pulling a fast one last night due to a bad signal he has been very helpful since and told me I can return the PC to his work today or Monday or take to my Computer shop and he will pay though upto how much i'm unsure as yet as he is also looking for the receipt as possibly PC world could help out?
Upon collection I took my monitor down with me, on start up there were a few screen flashes with a pink background and it seemed slow to get going (I am unfamiliar with Windows 7, XP was my latest) once it started it said destruction something (through reading on the net I guess it was recovery or restore) he had said originally he had reset to original and he thought it had finished restoring, it said 30 to 60 mins, I didn't realise it was running a full reinstall, not sure how it could straight from start up with only a mouse connected, unless it had been previously interupted the last time it was on?, I said i'm happy to see it is working and he turned it off, I thought it was just running something after his installation and thought i'd set it running at home but it seems now to have been running the destruction recovery?
Since I got it home it just goes black for 5 secs and then for less than 2 seconds an Advent screen appears which says F7 for boot (i think, can check if need be) and del for bios, on the boot option it comes up with three options if my memory serves me correctly (wrote first two down ;) )
1-P1 Atapi ihas124 B
2-P0 STI500DL 003-9VT16L
choosing 1 or 2 just result in a black screen and my monitors on screen display flickers a fair bit, its always been a tempremental monitor but solid once running, it often starts in split screen, though turning on and off sorts this, doubt that is the problem though as the PC only had 1 standard monitor output (VGA I believe, blue) and it was my monitor we used at the sellers house at which point it seemed to be working.
Entering the bios I didn't see anything obvious, the one thing I did find strange though is that F4 and Esc would not work (I know because my dongle flashes for every keystroke) meaning I couldn't save any changes or even exit back once i hit a dead end. Reading on the net I found that Advent PC's commonly use F8 to access the advanced boot menu, though this key would not seem to work either, F7 would but F8 was also dead, testing on my old PC now, F8 works but esc F4 F5 and F6 do not, I am using my old Medion keyboard but have tried restarting without any keyboard or mouse connected, Mine are both plug and play anyway, the one that came with it has had 5 sets of used batteries and shows a red light for all so until i get some new ones I cannot try that to see if my keyboard is faulty, I never use F keys and every other key barring esc and the F keys mentioned works, could this be why I cannot access the advanced boot screen, simply because my keyboard has some dead keys? I find it strange that it would be the ones i never use and so I'm not so sure! I think that when the computer was turned off during destructive recovery damage may have been done, I just thought it important to mention every aspect of my problem so that you clever guys can have the best chance of helping me and I appreciate any help received very much
There is no dedicated windows disc or advent startup disc (If ever there was one), apparently its all (or was) onboard, there were 2 blank discs for backup though they have not been used
I'd really like to keep this PC, but if you cant help and know of any similar deals or next best option then i'd at least be grateful of that.
Edited by Grantyy, 14 December 2012 - 04:29 AM.