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BIOS virus?

by onetonmantis / March 22, 2011 4:36 AM PDT

I recently reformatted my friend's computer that was riddled with viruses, etc. The virus protection installed on it had been hijacked by a virus, so the computer was totally open to anything and everything for months at least. After reformatting and rebooting a few times, the computer was running fine. However, a few days later after rebooting, the hard drive stopped reading entirely. It doesn't show up in the bios at all. The pc is a newer model Asus bought within the last couple of years, so it makes me doubt hardware failure. Also, from my understanding, even if a hard drive fails, it is typically still readable. I haven't been able to check out the pc yet myself, but as soon as I do, I'll make all the usual checks for connections, etc. The pc was also not touched after reformatting, so theres no reason why it should be a loose connection. I'm aware that biosviruses are very rare, but being as it was totally exposed over a long period of time with constant internet connection, I consider it a possibility. I've also not heard this to be a symptom of any bios viruses, but I do hear they can easily leave a pc totally incapacitated. Thoughts, suggestions, ideas are greatly appreciated.

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by onetonmantis / March 22, 2011 4:50 AM PDT
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Well, it's looking like hard drive failure is the most likely problem. Will update when I get a chance to check it out.

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by onetonmantis / March 27, 2011 11:36 AM PDT
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Checked that it's not a connection or power problem. I tried to use SeaTools to run a diagnostic on the drive, but the program is totally unresponsive when loaded. On one load it also listed the drives name as "MGMGMGMG" repeating. Loading the SeaTools disc in my netbook, the program is immediately functional. I wasn't able to flash the BIOS, because I didn't have a FAT32 formatted drive to read the rom file from, which I apparently need for it to work properly. Will try that at a later date. The computer also would not read my laptop hard drive. It will read the hard drives in the BIOS, but will not load them any further. They will not boot, nor can I format them.

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Sounds Like The Hard Drive Is Toast
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 27, 2011 11:42 AM PDT
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It looks like you've done your due-diligence but in such cases here, time is money, and we replace the drive, reinstall everything from our backups, and move on.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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