got a chance to work with it last night...
booted it up and it said "operating system not found"
so i thought ok, entered cmos and set to boot to cd, inserted windows xp corperate, only to find windows tell me "hard drive not found".
so i turn the 2500 off, flip over to back, take out harddrive, and yeah its still there, cleaned connections and still nothing. any ideas or am i going to need a harddrive?