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HP Pavilion Elite HPE-257c
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)

So I got this desktop from a friend used with no HDD, Ram or Graphics card.  I installed a new HDD, graphics card and ram.  Graphics card and ram were used HDD brand new.  Wired it all up, turned it on and nothing......  I can not get any time of video out of the onboard grahics card nore with three other cards plugging them into the board.  I cant even gettin in the bios to see what to do.  Can someone please help me....

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@lazytweeter22, welcome to the forum.


Here is the Product Specifications page for the computer.  You can check the sections on Memory, Video graphics and Hard drive to assure that the ones you installed are correct.  Any of these items, if incorrect, could keep the computer from booting.  I am thinking that it may be the video card causing your problem.  Newer video cards require UEFI in the motherboard, instead of a Legacy/standard BIOS.  HP didn't begin using UEFI until mid-October, 2012.  Your computer was released in 2010.  What is the make/model of the video card?


It is always best to use HP System Recovery media to recover the system after the hard drive has been replaced.  HP doesn't have the media, but you can find it here.  Many members have used this company with great success.

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> So I got this desktop from a friend used with no HDD, Ram or Graphics card. 


The Other Person gave a hyperlink to the Product Specifications page, that states that the motherboard has integrated graphics.  So, remove the add-in graphic adapter, and connect your monitor to the integrated video-output port.


Experiment: disconnect the data & power cables from the disk-drive, and remove the RAM.

Then, power-on the computer.

If the motherboard is functioning correctly, it should "beep" (or some LEDs should blink, in a pattern) when it detects that no RAM is present.

If the motherboard is not functioning correctly, give the computer back to your friend.


> I cannot get any time of video out of the onboard graPhics


The integrated graphics is disabled when an add-in graphics adapter is connected.

When you add-in a graphics adapter, disconnect the cable from the integrated video-output port.


>  I cant even get tin in the bios to see what to do. 


With the computer powered-off, hold down the DELETE key.

While doing so, power-on the computer.

The motherboard may report "stuck key, press F1 to enter BIOS SETUP".

If it does, press DELETE.



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