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Generic HDD to "jump start" an old computer?

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I have a system here I'm just trying to rebuild and sell off so I'd rather not spend any money on it that I don't have to.

The hardware all works as far as I can tell, except I have no USB keyboard recognition so can't get into the BIOS or boot from DVD. It won't boot to windows since I changed out a dead motherboard. I don't have a PS/2 keyboard so that's not an immediate option.

Is there any way to get a HDD set up in another system to 'take' well enough to boot up, so I can change settings etc from there?

Bit of a vague question, I don't really know if it's possible.. any help appreciated as I'd love to knock this over tonight.

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I know that older motherboards were really picky about some USB keyboard recognition in the bios but can you try another USB keyboard? If not then you're only choice is to find someone with a PS/2 keyboard to configure the motherboard bios. I know I was forced to configure a system with a PS/2 keyboard before because it would simply not recognize a USB wireless Logitech keyboard. I always kept around a really cheap foldable roll-up PS/2 keyboard in case things like this happen. Maybe you can find one where you live for less than $10 otherwise you could always try borrowing someone else's PS/2 keyboard.
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If you use another computer turn it off after the initial screen where it copys files to HDD then restarts.
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No kidding, if that really works it's awesome. I'll keep that tucked away for later!!

I managed to scrounge up a PS/2 keyboard from a friend so I'll see if that works first. Thanks!
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