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Could complete failure be a virus?

by Saltrams / July 5, 2010 7:13 PM PDT

Overnight my previously functioning computer (spec below) completely failed to start. Completely as in nothing happens when I press the power on button. I've done the obvious stuff with power supply checks but the power appears to be OK. The PSU operating light is on and the motherboard's little green light is on so there is power to the board. It isn't case button failure as I have tried starting it by using a screwdriver over the system power pins on the motherboard's panel.
I know nothing about viruses really & was pondering that only a nasty infection of the BIOS could actually prevent the machine from powering up at all. Is that either possible or likely or should I move to another Forum? Thanks, L.
[Asus M2N32-SLI DeLuxe motherboard, AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPU, 4Gb DDR2 RAM, Windows XP Pro SP2, self built]

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Do you hear any beep after pressing the power button?
by Donna Buenaventura / July 6, 2010 1:18 AM PDT

But you might want to post this issue in our Hardware forum to get better help.
http://forums.cnet.com/pc-hardware-forum/

To check if it's virus, you need access to the drive or able to boot to check for viruses in bios or drive.

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No beeps, no response whatsoever...
by Saltrams / July 6, 2010 11:01 PM PDT

I'm more familiar with the hardware failure possibilities for this problem; I just wondered about the virus aspect because someone hugely unreliable was using it just before it was shut down (properly) and then wouldn't start again.
I'll take it to the other forum now. Thanks anyway, Laura.

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This incident happened to my PC last week
by Donna Buenaventura / July 7, 2010 12:44 AM PDT

No beep and the PC will not turn on. Turned out its the cable that needs replacement but YMMV.

Good luck and I'm sure you'll get the help in the Hardware forum.

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No it could not
by GODhack / July 6, 2010 11:13 PM PDT

Probably hardware connections failed because of shock or heat expansion on cheap plastics. Try to reinsert parts like video card, hdd, ram maybe others. Then try start pc again.

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