I've been struggling with this computer for several days. Finally got to the BIOS system, and was able to get the BIOS system to "reload". The hard drive reports (in the BIOS SetUp) but apparently needs to be "repaired". Have tried REPEATEDLY to get the system to boot to a re-install Windows disk or any number of other bootable utility disks. NOTHING! Have tried using a "known good" external USB CD-ROM drive to get to a bootable CD-ROM disk. NOTHING! Both the wireless and USB keyboard and mouse work correctly.
Appears to need some driver updates for the CD-ROM to work correctly at the BIOS level??? How can I install such drivers at the BIOS level? Maybe use a bootable USB flash drive? Where/how do I get such a flash drive?
Can I buy a flash drive loaded with a bootable recovery utility?
Giving serious thought to buying 100' of hemp rope and using this for a boat anchor!