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Posted on 2004-03-25
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I have a computer that i suspect has a virus.... it was like lottery when i tried to boot it up... i guess jackpot was when it said Pi... i had the symbol and all, spooky...  i thought a reformat might remedy the problem... after that it will not do anything... it checks the memory and stops at 1024... sounded like a virus number to me... it won't recognize the floppy, i can't get to the bios... i took it all apart and then removed the battery to see if that might have any effect... but nah... sike your mind... it didn't have any effect, so i don't know.. it was a amd 2 233 mhz... is it even worth the trouble to bring it back to life... if there is a fix i'll try it cause i just like to learn... if not i can get rid of some crap and make room for a new specimen...just don't know where to start... any help is greatly appreciated...
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The amount of trouble it is worth is how hard it would be for you to spare teh cash for a new one :)

The 1024 is where the memory check is at, not a virus number, but an amount of RAM. They come in binary chunks... 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 etc...

It sounds to me as if your memory is dead. You may be able to find more relativly cheap.

Do you have more than one RAM stick? If so, take them out (remember to discharge your static) and then try them one at a time in the RAM Slot 1 and see if that works. It might be that one chip has gone bad, but once you remove that one, the rest will run fine.

I remember someone mentioning a memory test program, but I am not sure. Anyway, if you can't boot it wouldn't help.

Have you tried booting from a system floppy?

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thanx.... i switched ram a number of times... it accepts two types dimm and simm... both ways the same thing happens... i tried the system disk but it doesn't recognize the disk drive anymore...
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Well, once you removed the battery clearing the CMOS you should have been able to get into the BIOS without any interference from a virus. POST will hand off the boot process once it has run through its hardware detection routine, therefore a virus seems to be an unlikely problem. I think your analysis about not worth the effort is wise at this point.
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OK, if it doesn't work with any of the RAM you have, then it is probably all bad. To test, get a stick that you know is good (from another computer that is working) and try it, or take your sticks to another computer that you know is working, and try them in THAT computer, one at a time.

This will tell us which sticks are bad, if any. I believe this will prove to be the case.

ChrisPy

And depending on your finances, I would probably agree with mlynch about it's salvagability. But don't forget, most of the parts are probably good, so they can either be added to a new system (extra hard drive and stuff) or just replacing the defective parts and using the rest.
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