The situation is that the computer takes 10 Minutes to boot cause it tries to recognize a floppy drive which doesn't exist and the time goes back to 2003, however I don't get any error messages. It keeps the type of hard drive and all other configurations. It also has 512 MB and I added 1 GB, but it will only recognize 1GB and not 1.5 GB . I will move around the memory to see if it makes a difference. I also found at least 12 Trojan Viruses in the computer.
Initially I thought the CMOS battery was bad, however I'm not sure that will resolve the problem. I was also thinking of reformatting the hard drive and trying to flash the bios. I am a bit nerous about flashing the bios, simply because if something goes wrong, the motherboard will go bad. I am also reluctant to remove the cmos battery, for fear that it will damage the motherboard.
I did backup the data and I could easily get the updated drivers from the Dell site.
Is it possible the Trojan Viruses corrupted the bios? Will a bios flash resolve the problem? Will reformatting correct the problem? The computer is only a few years old.
Edited by hamluis, 05 June 2010 - 11:45 AM.
Edited to correct display ~ Hamluis.