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BIOS settings return to default?


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#1 ghead

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 02:14 AM

Hello, well I had to reformat my pc a couple of months ago due to some hard ware failure. I had a Geeksquad guy help since it was covered in my warranty, plus the hardware being replaced was a lil tricky so I wanted someone who would know how to do it better then I would at least. But after reformatting my pc he went into the bios and changed a bunch of things, I don't believe it was with any ill intention, but ever since then I have permanent glitches for example if my screensaver is set to come on in 10 mins then it comes on in 10 but goes off in 10 then on in 10 and off in 10...........etc... you get the picture. I also always get four removable drives that appear after boot up and also the removable media symbol in the start menu tray, but there are no usb drives attached to my pc. Couple other glitches as a result of him messing with the bios settings.

So I would like to now is there a way to return all the BIOS settings back to factory default? Or does reformatting the hard drive automaticly do that? I have Windows XP Media Center Edition with the classic recovery D partition on the hard drive.
I have to reformat anyways since I have a cracker on my system that nothing and I mean no program in this universe has been able to get rid of and most can't even detect it.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:32 AM

You should go back to him and get him to fix it properly. If you mess with it yourself, you'll void the warranty.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 07:08 AM

1. Screensaver goes with any keyoboard press or mouse movement, so check if your mouse is cool. It has nothing do with the BIOS.
2. Removable drive icon in system tray maybe shown NOT ONLY for USB drives. Some drivers do that, for example, NVidia SATA controller does that. Again, it has nothing to do with the BIOS.
3. Formatting the hard drive DOES NOT change the BIOS settings.

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:35 AM

To return the BIOS to default settings simply enter the BIOS and make that selection. It's in there
Please describe what you mean by "cracker"
Are you referring to malware?
Post a HJT log in our Security forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:12 PM

To return the BIOS to default settings simply enter the BIOS and make that selection. It's in there
Please describe what you mean by "cracker"
Are you referring to malware?
Post a HJT log in our Security forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/



If I set the BIOS back to default will that return it to the settings that gateway made for this computer or will it return it to some generic computer default setting. I don't want to mess up the recovery drive or my OS and anything that came preinstalled on the recovery partition.

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 02:06 PM

If I set the BIOS back to default will that return it to the settings that gateway made for this computer

YES

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http://burks.brighton.ac.uk/burks/pcinfo/h..._sg/bios_sg.htm

Edited by garmanma, 27 March 2009 - 02:07 PM.

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