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PC virus affecting motherboard/bios?

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Yes there could be a corelation with both PCs failing shortly after a strike entered the home. I had the same thing happen although the strike didn't get past the UPS, surge protection saved the peripherals but the PCs exhibited flaky operation. One a DuoCore home build and the other an HP unit from a car dealer(P4). The home build failed to recognize any hard drive and the HP went nuts with the onboard NIC and tied up the router. Both hard drives were recovered intact and data was easily moved to a new PC(WIN7) with an external enclosure and USB interface. Surge suppression is important but when a strike enters the home, especially the phone lines, as few suppressors include them in a filter or pass through connection.