I hate viruses etc, but I have to say that I am impressed with this one.
I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 running Vista 32bit that just got hit with one hell of a bug. It was hidden in a video file and like the total professional masochist I am, I just had to see what this little bugger could do. So, I opened it on the sacrificial laptop.
The cool/annoying part is that it appears to have killed my BIOS/Mainboard/Video Card. The PC will power up, I will get the HD light for about 1/2 second, the light will then turn off and the fan will go crazy for a second. The fan will go quiet and all I have left is a power light and the bluetooth light.
The interesting part is that the laptop screen appears to have 0 power, usually the LCD will at least be backlit if nothing else, not this time! It's completely toast.
No beep codes, nothing on the screen at all, and the HD that had the nasty on it that was connected via USB has been wiped!
Whoever made this little turd is one mean SOB and I am so happy for sandbox computers. This was a file someone had downloaded via eMule... I know that says a lot right there.
I'd give the file name, but I can't get anything now lol.
What can I say, I love finding something that I have no idea how to fix and this is one of those. So, anyone familiar enough with the machine to suggest how to default the BIOS? Otherwise it's a fine PC that is now a fine paper wheight
Any other suggestions?
Oh! And the video made the screen go blank but with the backlight on and the sound card went nuts at the same time. Rebooting the PC usually at least allows me to get into diag or the BIOS or at least see if it will POST. Not this time!
Edited by hamluis, 11 March 2014 - 12:14 PM.
Modified topic title to reflect problem, moved to IH from Vista - Hamluis.