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Hi, this is a server which has no key (someone lost it, not me!).
When I turned it on the first time, the disks were not recognized but at least you could enter the setup.
Then this guy came and opened the server door with a screwdriver.
Now, when I turn the server on, nothing appears on screen!Everything is in its place, well connected...
I tried to look for a manual all over the web, but I couldn't find anything...The model is too old!
I was wandering if this kind of keys have a kind of security system, so when it detects that the door was opened improperly, the server won't start at all...
Thanx in advance for any clue...
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The Acer Altos 7000 documentation and all:

http://www.acersupport.com/ess/html/aa7000.html
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I've never seen a system that will refuse to work when the door has been opened, but many that will beep loudly and otherwise complain.

Remove the cover and see if the motherboard has anything that gives a clue, like silkscreened labels.  Some are neatly labeled in English, so it doesn't hurt to look.  See if you can find a jumper for 'CMOS' or 'Clear CMOS'.  If you find it, unplug the power cable from the wall and jump the jumper for a minute.  Remove jumper and replug power and see if it boots up.
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MY GOD MAN, I JUST NOTICED THAT'S A PENTIUM-60 SYSTEM!  RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!
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Thank you magarity for your response, but I did check that acersupport url, and it wasn´t very helpful...
I also cleared the CMOS, with no positive results.

By saying that the system won´t work if the door is open, I meant that the system maybe is checking, somehow, that the door was opened improperly, since it has a security lock. I was told that there are some intelligent systems which stop working in any way if a malfunction is detected. Maybe the lock is conected to the motherboard, or something like that...
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Well, there is no magic to it:  Look inside the case for a switch.  This is often just a little press-button, like a refrigerator light uses.  Carefully check all the way around the edge of the door, even the back where the hinges are located.  If there is a button, we can proceed on the assumtion that this is the problem.  If you don't find any button, then there must be some other problem.
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Even if the door detector were the problem, that is set in CMOS, which you have cleared.  So I really doubt this is the problem, but check anyway.
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PS - You're in luck:  www.crucial.com has memory in stock for this model.  At 32MB per module, you can fill all 8 slots for a total of 256MB.
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magarity, thx for your response, and sorry for the delay, but i couldn´t try what you suggested, since someone took the server for a diagnosis, and they found problems with the motherboard and the dual cpu board.
thx also for that url for the ram!
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It's kust as well...  the P60s were by far the worst for power consumption and heat versus performance.  Even when free, you should turn them down except to scavenge drives out of the case.
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