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Old machine needs a hand

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My inlaws have a computer built for them by a friend several years ago (pre2005 I think). It has an Asus P5L-MX mobo with BIOS 0202. The current BIOS is 1103.

This computer has Strange Thing and a Problem.

The Strange Thing is that even with no USB stuff plugged in, inside the case or out, just mobo, hdd, vid card, it says 2 USB storage devices detected. I have tried plugging in a PS2 keyboard and disabling all usb stuff, but no luck. It still thinks there are 2 usb drives hooked up.

The Problem right now is that once the machine posts, it gives a "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" message. I have tried disabling all possible drives except the hard drive (another Strange Thing: on all other machines I've looked in the BIOS, the boot selection lists drive ID or whatever you call "WD10EARS" which is my WD green, and this one calls it Hard Disk. ***?).

One in a hundred times, it will boot properly and be a Vista machine and do as I say.

I have not yet tried reinstalling, but that will probably be next. I have tried to update the BIOS, but since it has such a problem with recognizing drives, the bootable USB that I successfully used yesterday on my P5W DH isn't playing nice. It gives a "remove all other media and disks and press any key to reboot" message, so I check the CD tray and press a key, and it goes back to the "reboot and select..." message.

The current BIOS does not have ez flash, and I can't get to windows to windows flash it.

Any suggestions welcome. If it's a lost cause and I never get it working, no big deal, they all have laptops, but it would be nice to have a spare, and as you guys know, a challenge can't go unanswered.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k AsRock P67 Extreme4 EVGA GTX460SE 4gb 
Hard DriveCase
Agility 3 HAF 912 
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i5 2500k AsRock P67 Extreme4 EVGA GTX460SE 4gb 
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did you try using the cmos reset jumper?
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