Systemax 'AOL Optimized' computer with Foxconn 651M03-G-6l motherboard and Phoenix 1998 D686BIOS.
The computer originally had an issue of no internet connectivity. I was able to 'ping' an external web site but could not connect through any browser. I kept getting a 'proxy' error. I ran ipconfig /release and renew, allowed Windows to 'repair' the connection and even 'reinstalled' TCP/IP through the registry fix. I suspected a virus had hijacked the port so I ran Malwarebytes which found numerous trojans and viruses and removed them but I still had no the connectivity though any browser.
I have had good luck with Spybot so I ran it and found again numerous trojans and virus which I removed. Incidentally, all this was done in Normal Windows Mode. I neglected to boot into Safe Mode for Malwarebytes and apparently, Spybot will not launch in Safe Mode.
The problems started right after Spybot found what appears, on later inquiry, to be a 'rootkit' virus. When Spybot attempted to remove one of the viruses, a ‘DCOM Server Process Launcher terminated unexpectedly’ window popped up. It looked like a legitimate Windows warning message with a count down timer as to when it would reboot the system. I let the count down finish and reboot. Apparently I shouldn't have let that happen. Since then the computer had been booting erratically and now does not boot at all. There are also no beep codes on startup.
I have disconnected ALL devices including the HDD, FDD, CDROM, RAM, keyboard, mouse and monitor. There is NOTHING connected in the computer other than the CPU, motherboard and power supply.
I have removed the CMOS battery and moved the CMOS jumper to clear the BIOS. After replacing the battery and putting the jumpers back to the original open position, at power on there is still no beep or boot.
I checked the voltages coming out of the power connectors and they all appear to be OK.
I would flash the BIOS if I could get a DOS prompt, but there is no interface to interact with.
I have conferred with a few technicians who all seem to agree this is a motherboard issue.
Can anyone offer an opinion as to what a solution to this might be? I would just like to get the computer to boot and/or beep. I have written to Foxconn and am still awaiting their response.
PS: I'm not really sure this IS a motherboard issue and would like to have some way to verify it if it is. Is there such a virus that can attack CMOS or is this just a coincidence and the mobo was ready to go anyways? Thanks again for any help anybody can offer.