Ok... so let me start with some of the computers history...
A year or two ago, the integrated video on the computer stopped showing anything on the monitor for some wired reason that is unknown. This was after I had been switching out a few graphics cards for testing purposes. Well I solved this by just leaving in one of the old graphics cards.
The graphics card had about the same performance as the integrated video did, so no problem there. I installed the drivers for the old graphics card I had and it worked entirely fine and there was no irregularity's in the computers performance after boot. This computer had been booted up and turned off many times with no problem until recently.
Then one day the DVI cord was disconnected from the graphics card and for some reason the video was no longer working. The next time I booted it up, it was still giving the normal posting beep even with video not being projected on the monitor. So I tried it with out the video card in it as it had been a year or two ago. This time it was REALLY bad and it did not post. As soon as it was turned on it shut itself off in a few seconds.
I have tried many combinations since then and there has been no progress what so ever. I will give this one last shot before I assume that some how the motherboard failed and the computer pretty much just has to be chucked.
I think the real problem is that I had no idea what was actually happening to the the computer during all this. I just made little makeshift repairs that were never permanent. Almost anything could gone wrong. The RAM could be bad, the hard drive could have failed, the power supply could be shot, or the whole motherboard could have just died.
What would I need to do to figure out the failed BIOS and video issue?