Hokay, here goes. My father's system died (i.e., won't power up at all). It's an eMachines Celeron 2.8. After clearing the BIOS, etc., still nothing. Took the hard disk out and installed it in my third backup system as a slave. I was able to see the contents on the suspsect drive, but upon reboot, the system acted like my father's and wouldn't boot at all. While booting, I noted wisp of smoke coming from the BIOS chip. Scratch that system board. I now suspect a bad virus. Further, I noted on yet another system that booting resulted in incorrect memory checks, etc. I now have 3 drives that I don't dare put into any other system, certainly not my primary, even as a slave.
I tried the latest, updated Norton antivirus recovery, but can't get it to run to the point of performing a system scan. I'm at a loss.
Any info would be greatly appreciated!