I'm a little bit illiterate when it comes to computers so I will try my best to make everything clear. I got the computer from a friend who said it was broken but I could have it if I wanted to try to fix it, and told me the problem was the motherboard. He told me that he had it up and working for a few days and then the hard drive was suddenly wiped clean after the computer was turned off for a couple of days. That sounds weird to me, and I do not have a spare hard drive to test it out right now, but before I buy a new hard drive and risk breaking it I wanted to see if there's any chance I need to replace the motherboard first.
So I will describe the problems I am having first hand, but please keep in mind I have never seen this computer in working order.
The problem seems to be that it is unable to boot up, it brings up the lovely blue screen with Intel logo and says to press F9-F12 for different options, but when I press any of those keys it does nothing.
I know the keyboard is connected and working because if I leave the computer alone for a few minutes it will bring up a setup screen and ask me to select Yes or No and hit Enter. I've checked the screens, they say all the usual things, startup from hdd as default, if hdd unavailable start up from cd drive, all that stuff. Nothinig seems wrong there. But once I hit Enter it goes to a screen where it says it is unable to find an operating system, and I have an old Windows Vista disc I tried to get it to boot from to no avail. The disc I have may not be working because it came with my laptop for a clean install and it specifically says only for the toshiba laptop model I have. I have tried burning the iso file for a Windows 7 installation disc, but the computer says no disc is found when I try to get it to start from the cd.
Beyond that I have not tried anything. All I know about the specs are:
-40 gb SATA hard drive
-Intel core2 duo
supposedly it had Windows XP installed
If anyone has any suggestions (other than burning the computer) I'm all ears.