NO boot, NO video, NO beeps ... is it a BIOS virus?
Posted on 2004-04-15
Hello from IlkaTec
So here comes the tough one:
The computer M.B. WAS!!!! an ASUS A7V333 with two types of chipsets inside, the one is named VIA KT333 and the other is named VIA VT8233A. I don't really know which one is the BIOS but I think it doesn't, mean much since the damage is done. This is the story:
Story N° 1: The PC was just working fine up until my son told me that it was not functioning anymore. I found out, and thus thought, that the reason was a bended pin on the VGA cable socket touching the ground. I straighten the pin and plugged it back, but nothing happened. The PC was really dead. NO boot, NO video, NO beeps,... nothing. Opening the case I noticed that the RAM voltage supply LED was ON. The PS fan and CPU fan were running. Took all cards off including the VGA card, the RAM and unhooked the Hard disk and CD drive. Turned ON but no differences. I also reset the BIOS but still nothing. After I checked the output voltages of the PS (they seemed to be all OK) I started replacing the RAM and turned ON but nothing. Changed the RAM stick but still nothing. I gave up and ...
STORY N° 2: took out the other perfectly functioning computer. The motherboard in this case is an A-OPEN AX34 equipped with a Pentium III 800 Mhz. with chipsets VIA vt82C694X and a VIA VT82C686A. Took the Hard disk previously mounted on the ASUS and hooked it to this one. Booted up and after the automatic windows configuration to the new hardware, everything seemed to function well until Windows started hanging and an error message showed up. I then turned off the PC and turned back ON but ... once again nothing happened. The same ASUS defects were present. NO boot, NO video, NO beeps. The fans were running etc.
It would seem that I had to do with a PC killer Hard disk.
What I think may have happened is that some kind of virus, present in that HD would in some way crash the bios but in such case why would the bios not function even if I reset the bios.
What would I be asking for?
Is there anyway that I can re-Flash the bios (since they can not be removed from the mobo, they in fact, are soldered on Board).
I even tried to put a Floppy with the bios flash update but it seems that even if I hear the Floppy metal protection being removed inside the Floppy drive, the disk is not read as I do not see the floppy drive LED light.
Is there any particular procedure on doing so?
Do you people know of any way to restore at least one of the computers?
Well thanks in advance to whom may take the bother to answer.