Originally Posted by Lostcase
This is rather odd. I cannot wait until you fix this so then we can all learn how to solve it.
It's extremely odd. I've spent nearly 3 days trying to get rid of this thing!
I'll definitely post the fix if I ever manage to get that far.
Maybe my computer is trying to get back at me for browsing newegg for components for a new build... it must know that I can't afford a new computer right now. Trying to teach me a lesson.
Duke, I've mentioned the possibility of a BIOS virus a few times in this thread but you're the only one who has brought it up. I've been googling information on this all day and have found that these are quite rare, but can be devastating once contracted and one of the big signs is the fact that a reformat doesn't help.
As you suggested, I've cleared CMOS and have even flashed the BIOS.
I've run multiple tools today (MBRCheck, killdisk, malwarebytes, kaspersky, kaspersky rescue, and tdsskiller) and everything has come back clean.
I'm not familiar with locking the BIOS... I didn't even realize this was necessary until today after reading all about those BIOS viruses. I'll have to look into it and see if it can be done on my board.
I think I'm going to go ahead and start installing some basic programs (probably only firefox, xfire, and VLC) and reconnect the computer to the internet and see what happens. I'll post back with the results.
Also, memtest is going to be running overnight.Edited by EmeraldICE - 6/17/11 at 10:19pm