Comp won't POST

By hakaimanish
Jul 15, 2009
  1. First off, in terms of my background, I'm not all that computer saavy, and haven't spent any time crawling around on hardware/software forums at all. I found myself on this forum while googling some things trying to sort out a problem I'm having, and thought I'd join up and see if I could get some help.

    Background to the problem: A friend came to me and told me that he had a virus, another friend of his had come over and attempted to remove it and failed. He then executed a recovery through the windows recovery utility, which apparently also failed to remove the virus. I asked what symptoms the computer was showing and he said he was all of a sudden getting hit with waves of pop ups, and would seemingly randomly be logged off or the computer would restart (shut down?). Since it seemed the virus or whatever was going to be difficult to get rid of, and there was really not much of anything on the computer I told him I'd just format the hard drive and reinstall windows.
    I guess his computer didn't come with a windows disc - instead it had him make some sort of recovery discs (six of them, and distinct from the system restore utility - he said he did not use these discs). I've never heard of that before, but I thought I'd go with it. After inserting the first disc and rebooting the harddrive was supposedly reformatted and windows installed. Sweetness.

    The problem: He woke up today and it had powered itself off. And wouldn't turn on. The front power LED blinks, as does the LED on the back of the PSU. After reading around a bunch online I got to the point that I think problem is with the motherboard - with the PSU unattached to any internal components the PSU LED lights up without flashing, but when the PSU is plugged into the mobo the flashing resumes. From what I've been reading it sounds like it was a virus that flashed the BIOS...? Until earlier today I didn't even know what that meant, so - does that sound likely? If not, what might the problem be? If so, is there anything we can do about it? Also, what could I have done differently?

    Sorry about the length of the post, and i look forward to hearing back. If there's any more info you'd need just let me know, and thanks in advance for the help!
  2. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Because of the relationship to malware, I would suggest starting a thread in the virus and malware removal area. The experts there really are better at answering some of the questions you have raised.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    a virus will not cause a no post problem. Please read BOTH no post guides in the guides forum.
  4. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Thanks for the pointer Tedster...

    What I do not yet know is whether Malware has evolved yet to the point of being able to so damage a drive, or BIOS, as to cause a failure to post.
    It seems to me, in theory at least, the BIOS could be compromised by Malware, and thus cause a failure to post.

    Since the OP had a malware concern, and since I did not feel comfortable offering such a blanket assurance as you seem able to do,
    I made the suggestion to refer it to those who do know malware.

    In case you are having difficulty finding those guides suggested by Tedster...
    by Kimsland -
    by Tedster -

    Tedsters Beep Guide may also be helpful...
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