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After virus battle, onboard ethernet adapter says hardware not plugged in.

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#1 Rycon Payne

Rycon Payne

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Posted 02 April 2009 - 10:07 AM

For the past two days I have been battling a trojan that I got, using hijack this, A-sqaured anti-malware, Ad-aware, Spybot, XP Manager, and a different harddrive (that was almost dead) with windows on it.

I've gotten the computer pretty much running good again, but I have two really big problems now:

My ethernet adapter is missing in action. When I go to Device Manager it isn't visible. I have to show hidden items to even see it, and it's greyed out. The error code is "Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)." This is impossible, it's onboard. Everything I search on the net says to just plug it back in, I can't do that. Trying to reinstall the drivers does nothing, as the computer sees nothing for the new drivers to work with.

My other problem is even more strange. If I boot into a windows live CD, Ubuntu live CD, Windows Setup CD, Hiren's, UBCD, or even the other install of windows on the other harddrive, my monitor will go into what looks like standby a few minutes into booting into whatever I've booted into. This makes it impossible to troubleshoot outside of the XP Install that was actually infected. See, in that windows install, no standby, ever. I can't even boot into safe mode without standby occuring. After standby happens, I cannot get the monitor to come back on. The only fix is rebooting.

I have reset my bios to defaults, and even taken out the CMOS battery and put it back in. No change.

List of used tools:

A-squared Anti-malware
Spybot S&D
WinXP Manager (To Supress all auto-runs on next boot)

Tell me what you need, and I'll hand it over. Thank you.

Edit: Apparently I'm a moron and somehow clicked the wrong forum to put this in. Forgive the utter newbie error, and please move this to the correct forum. *facepalm*

Edited by garmanma, 02 April 2009 - 01:44 PM.

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