Quoted from maffewl:
Any thoughts on what to maybe check on the mainboard? What's weird to me is that when the Prism card is in it puts signal out, but when just trying to boot BIOS there's "No Signal". And as shown in the video in the first post, sometimes it will even boot to the game, and act "normal" when the Prism card is in. Any thoughts or am I SOL?
The only thing I can think of given your situation (and without knowing the specs on your friend's VGA monitor) is this possibility:
> Your friend may have a LCD monitor that can sync to the signal his motherboard is sending out. If so that's great as most won't.
> Your motherboard may have lost all of it's BIOS settings when you removed the battery and now be on default settings. Perhaps without the PRISM card installed the video signal being output from your motherboard is different than what your friend's motherboard is outputting.
I'd recommend setting your BIOS settings to be equivalent (perhaps not identical if your motherboard models aren't quite identical) to the settings on your friend's motherboard, especially anything related to the video. Of course the barrier to doing that is you need to be able to boot your computer with a monitor that will sync to it!
Ok, here is something else I've never tried. Put your computer case back into your RFM and attach all cables. The PRISM card should be installed, because you indicate that is the only way you get any signal on your monitor, and your RFM monitor cable should be connected to the computer. Also plug in a keyboard to the back of the computer case. What you want to do is to try to enter the BIOS menu during computer boot by repeatedly pressing the appropriate "BIOS boot menu" key on the keyboard during the initial PC boot sequence, just as you would do when entering the BIOS setup menu on any other computer. Might take you a few tries to determine if it is the DEL key, the INS key, or one of the F keys (F1, F2 and F12 the most likely suspects for the F keys). I'm not sure if you can actually get to the BIOS menu in this way as perhaps the PRISM ROMS begin to get loaded too quickly, but it would be an easy thing to try. If you can get to the BIOS boot menu this way, then enter the menu and change the settings to be equivalent to your friend's BIOS settings. Yes, it will be a bit of a challenge to read your monitor display in the BIOS setting menu because it will be "mirrored" by your P2K glass - if you can't decipher it that way then bend down and look up at the monitor instead.
Let us know if you can boot to BIOS this way.