When booting to XP Professional, I got a "ntldr file not found message". I tried to boot to an XP CD by selecting the boot sequence and selecting the CD so I could copy the missing file but it wouldn't boot from the CD. I rebooted the went into the bios to see if it recognized the devices. All I get into was the time and it was wrong. I tried to change the time bit the PC locked up. After a bit, the monitor changed to static like a TV not tuned to a channel. Figuring the motherboard bit the dust, I replaced it with a OEM board from Dell.
When booting with the replacement motherboard, I see the monitor light flash green for just a second and go to amber. All 4 diagnostic lights light as it goes through the POST and go off. (Manual says this is normal after the system successfully you the OS). I cannot get any video. Since the old video card had a problem before I replaced the motherboard, I put in a new video card. Same results. I reset the BIOS with the jumper with no success. I also tried booting with one of the memory boards and then the other with the same problem.
I am using a monitor connected to the VGA output. I also verified the problem with a second monitor and both worked when connected to a laptop.
Any ideas how to get a video output or am I missing something obvious?
I placed the card in the top slot which is where it was on the old board. I also tried it in the second slot with still no video. The video card doesn't have a power adapter.
I can't even see the Dell spash screen, the F2 for setup, etc.
Turns out the new video card was bad out of the box. Tried a PCI video card and got a signal to the monitor. Removed the PCI card and installed a second new card in the AGP slot and there was the POST video.
Thanks for all your help.