I love new computers, even if they are refurbs.
I took delivery of a refurbished Sony vgcrb30 XP home, 512 ram 200gb hd yesterday with 90 day warr. (now before you all say use the warranty, I'm currently trying but living out here on this rock in the middle of the pacific ocean has it's disadvantages freight wise) The computer came with mouse, keyboard, speakers and power cord. Nothing else, no back up cd, no recovery disc, zip! O.K. maybe I sure have sprung for the new one for $150 bucks more. But it is what it is.
Plugged the computer into a spare monitor and powered up. Fans in the case started but no sign of life from either the monitor or cpu. Double checked connections then hit enter on the keyboard, a beep, I got one beep from the internal speaker, then another and finally a third beep. The screen showed :
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
please re-install a copy of the above file.
Tried booting again and hit the F2 and then the F10 keys, they don't work, it's as though the keyboard isn't recognized, but the system doesn't start boot up until I hit a key (any key) so the board works initially. Tried another keyboard just in case, same result. Got on one of my other computers and looked for help on the net. I checked my Hp system for the missing file and few other utilities from the web, found it, burnt it to a cd and rebooted the Sony with it. Since this computer didn't come with a floppy drive the bios must boot from cd as default, right? This time the the monitor showed the Vaio name tag and went into a menu for the utilities 0 thru 9 or "enter" as type of default. But none of the keys responded.
I tried and succeeded making a bootable xp start cd using Isobuster, but it doesn't recognize the disc.
I'm at the end of my ability. Please help!
P.S. if I go the return route (warranty) It'll cost for shipping ($85+) and probably take six weeks turn around.