Posted 14 April 2011 - 04:13 AM
Computer Specs: (I built this comp from scratch)
Mother Board: Nvidia 590 sli amd
Processor: AMD Athlon Dual core processor 4600+ 64 bit
Memory: 1GBx4 mix of PNY and kingston (about 2.5 GB is used considering I have XP 32)
Video Card: Geforce 8500GT PCI-E
Operating System: Windows XP (SP3) 32 bit (I know I have 64 bit arch, but is the only OS available to me atm)
BIOS: Phoenix BIOS (D686 BIOS)
Couple nights ago I got a nasty virus that wiped out everything on my hard drive and kept a few necessary files that enabled me to still boot up, get to windows xp (sp3), and do very limited functions. The virus basically disabled my administrator rights and I could not exit out of the adware/"antivirus" protection it was offering me. I have a decent amount of experience with computer hardware, but am lacking on the software side. I told myself ok I'm going to reboot once see if I can't somehow delete the virus off of my computer manually through add/remove programes, etc., and if that fails I'm going to format the hard drive and start from scratch. I Booted up one more time. Could not delete anything, and before I went to shutdown I kept seeing an error pop up. It was something along the lines of either "could not recognize SATA controller" or something about hard drive function I really do not remember, yet I guess I should have been paying more attention.
Anyway, I hit the reset button, after putting in my Windows XP disk (to format) and during the POST I saw it stop at 2B and heard 1 long beep and 2 (maybe 3) short ones. This happens indefinitely now. My motherboard still goes through all of the necessary functions, but it stops at 7F and won't recognize monitor/video card. Either way it's a video card problem I think. My video card is a PCI-E GFORCE 8500GT and am contemplating buying a cheap PCI non express slot card just to see if I can actually see my BIOS. I suspect that the virus has somehow manually disabled my display either through windows OS or BIOS. I have tried taking the CMOS pin and shorting it to clear the CMOS. I have also taken the CMOS battery out, shutdown everything, and waited for a good 30 minutes. These approaches haven't worked so maybe it isn't a BIOS problem I don't know. I have been scouring the net for the Pheonix BIOS Crisis recovery exe, but know that it will be hard 1. Converting it to recognize USB (instead of floppy) without being able to even see BIOS or windows for that matter and 2. Converting it to my Mother Boards's BIOS which is Phoenix D686. The Phoenix (company, corp, institute?) must have just disabled anything to do with their BIOS support on their own website, and it seems they have infilitrated every website and intimidated people into taking off their drivers on oter as well. SO FRUSTRATING.
I know the virus has affected the video card in some way either physically or through software. The odds of me having a simultaneous video card and virus problem are extremely high because I almost never get viruses (last one I got was like 4 years ago), and my VC has been running like a champ for the past year. I don't have money right now to build a new comp, and could perhaps buy a new BIOS chip or cheap video card if that is the real problem.
Now to the question(s) at hand. Is my motherboard just fried and should I not even bother? Or is it (somehow?) a video card problem and should I invest in a new one (don't like this option because if it isn't I'm out the cash)? Or is it a BIOS problem and should I continue down the road of trying to somehow recover my BIOS through blind flashing (not sure if this is the right term)? Or could it possible be a hard drive problem (it's SATA)? Any ideas on how I could possible press a combination of keys to magically get my display working so I can get into my BIOS and eventually format my OS (seems pretty far-fetched I suppose). As you can tell I like paranthesis. Thanks for any help in advance (I appreciate it). HA!