Can a program change your BIOS?

By rokinil
Dec 29, 2004
  1. I, of course, had my computer set to boot from the hard drive.
    My son was playing a computer game and the computer went all nutty. I got an error message that said "NLDR is missing". After fiddling around trying to get it to work, I went into BIOS and seen that my booting order had been changed. I changed it back and everything was fine.
    Is it possible that a program of some sort had changed my boot order?
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Unlikely, unless you have a program named "My son"....
    Some programs can make a temporary BIOS-change, but that change disappears at the next power-down.
    Best startup-sequence is 1)Floppy, 2)CD, 3)HD
  3. rokinil

    rokinil TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your reply, and the info on the start up sequence.

  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    It is possible for programs to alter BIOS, after all that's how they're updated.
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