I have someone's dysfunctional PB i-media 3054 here.
When I got it, as soon as power was supplied to the PSU, the fans started up but it didn't boot - no beeps and no hard drive activity.
The monitor stayed blank (onboard video) although it didn't display a 'no signal' message either.
The power button didn't turn it off either.
I tried it on my monitor with the same result.
A known good PSU didn't make any difference.
Removed power switch and still the same, even shorting the connector pins.
Removed RAM and modem card - no change, no beeps.
Cleared CMOS and removed 'Save Mode' jumper (the 'recovery' position) and that cured the 'on when power supplied' problem. Power button now turns unit on but not off.
Still no beeps, no video and no hard drive activity.
Removed hard drive and had no problems running it in my own system where I can access all files & folders.
OK, the customer has been made aware that a new micro-ATX mobo is required for this Celeron D 2.5GHz to be transplanted into.
I have the 'go-ahead'.
So, to my question (hi Clocker!)...
I have an OEM WinXP disc to use with the serial that is on the system box.
Has anyone had any nasty surprises with these things?
Should I be aware of any odd happenings with the hidden partition or PB's installed programs?
I'd like to just back up personal files/folders and reformat but I don't trust people to remember internet connection settings, email passwords or things like that so I'd rather repair-install the standard OEM version and leave the system pretty much as it is.