Old hard drive failed slowly and painfully... just put in a new Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA drive & powered up ready to start installing (a brand new copy of) Windows but... machine won't boot beyond the Setup F10 / Bios F2 Screen.
Gateway GT5228 Media Center Computer
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ dual-core processor with AMD64 Technology
Installed: 2048 MB DDR2 533 MHz (PC4200) (two 1024 MB modules)
FIC K2BC51 Motherboard with NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Chipset
1 TB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II hard drive with 64 MB cache - BRAND NEW NO O/S YET
Since the machine was not responding to my "F2" press, I tried the USB keyboard in every one of the 7 available USB ports in 3 different places - no dice.
The only things I've touched were the cover panel to get inside, slid the new HDD into a free spot in the bay & secured w/mounting screws, moved the SATA power and data cables onto the new drive from the old one (didn't even take the old one out, just disconnected); and was very careful, re: static discharge. Can't figure what (else!?) could be wrong, now - but definitely seems like hardware? I did check all connections to the MoBo are snug; re-seated the memory, and even tried clearing CMOS with the jumper, and have now also removed the CMOS battery for 1 hour & put everything back as was - still no dice, no change.
Machine powers up; fan runs; no POST beeps at all, "Gateway" screen comes up saying F10 for Setup or F2 for BIOS - and this is where it gets stuck & won't respond to my attempts to press F2 (or anything else for that matter).
Reason for new HDD was that after the computer got moved around in an office shuffle, the prior hard drive failed steadily and repeatedly over 2 weeks - went flaky and every time I recovered it and was able to run CHKDSK, more and more bad sectors - so I think it got physically damaged. HDD definitely failed but now I am wondering if something else (hardware related) was contributing to the crash.
Really stuck, here... forked out for a nice new HDD and a shiny new copy of Windows 7 to go with it... already kinda expensive... what could be the cause of this? Thx!! :)