I am the director of a developmental disability agency. I recently purchased 5 computers from the state in which I live. I knew they had to "clean" them before selling them. However I expected to be able to get to the bios to boot from disk so I could load a new operating system on them in the least.
I get a green power light, the hdd light flickers but nothing ever changes on my screen. I have tested multiple computers and multiple screens and even screens with other computers to make sure they work.
I contacted the state surplus and he couldn't help me at all other than saying "I have to remove all information before I can sell them"
I have tried booting from cd. I also removed the hd from the surplus computer and connected it with a sata/ide cable to my existing desktop. My desktop doesn't recognize the hd from the surplus computer. I can hear it turning but no drive letter appears.
Any ideas on how to get an operating system loaded?