Recently the motherboard on this Precision 530 fried (capacitor near the RAM blew). So I called up Dell and ordered a replacement Motherboard, they only had refurbished ones I guess. It came today and I installed it, but am having a heck of a time. I followed the instructions in the Dell user guide to removing motherboard, Processors, ect... The BIOS error message is as attached in the code.
Ok, so I know it's having trouble finding the SCSI hard drive and the processors as well. It has two processors, both are identical and worked well with the old motherboard. My first thought was to upgrade the BIOS from A09 to A11 (which is the latest version on the Dell website). I downloaded the file and made a floppy...but the computer won't boot off of it.
I can't F2 into the BIOS. I also can't F12 to get into the boot menu. Both keyboards I've used work on other computers. I hear beeps when I keep hitting the F2 and F12 keys, so I know the keyboard is working. The system briefly flashing 'entering setup' but then just skips past and eventually displays the error. Do I need to get the SCSI drive working first? I was under the impression I should still be able to get into the BIOS regardless of the hard drive.
Then I tried unplugging the CD-ROM and pretty much everything else except for the processors, RAM and power supply, but I still eventually got the error and could not get into BIOS. I tried disconnecting the SCSI drive and cables and just using another IDE drive. Same problem. I have tried re-seating the RAM and Processors. I tried to just use 1 processor, but the computer didn't like that and wouldn't even POST. I also tried to use only 2 sticks of memory instead of 4, but the computer didn't like that either and wouldn't even POST. Same thing.
I'm out of ideas at this point. Thanks in advance for any help.
Phoenix ROM BIOS Plus version 1.10 A09
Primary Hard Disk drive 0 not found. Adaptec SCSI Card 29160N BIOS V2.56.0......
Initializing Intel Boot Agent Version 1.0.17
PXE 2.1 Build 083 (WFM 2.0), RPL V1.08
Alert! System does not support this processor. System Halted.