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A Bios Virus issue...?

By ray ·
I am a systems programmer and as such it seems that every neighbor, relative and personal aquaintance comes to me with their pc problems and questions.
A neighbor called me the other night to help him install a new 80gb harddrive and drive tray in his pc because he was fearful that his existing drive was about to bite the dust.
Not being certain whether his bios would recognize the larger drive I suggested that I bring one of my 80 gb drives over, install the tray, and use my drive to see if the bios would recognize it. If not, he would be able to return his unopened drive to the retailer.
A simple drive tray installation, and in goes my drive (as a slave). Not only did the bios not recognize my drive; neither did it see his current drive. No matter what I did there seemed to be no resolution.
Thinking his old drive had finally died I took his drive to my home and put it into my machine as a single drive. No luck. Conclusion... his drive was gone. When I put my master andslave drives back into my machine as normal, the two drives could not be seen on startup. I took my 2 drives to my pc at work and the master drive works fine but the 80 gb drive I had used in his pc was still not seen. What is up with that?
Is it possible that his machine had a virus that disables the ide channels by affecting the cmos/bios. It only seems to have affected the ability of the bios to see ide drives because my atapi/ide cd burner is still being recognized. Should I try to flash my bios and retry? Is my drive dead? Are my motherboard drive controllers shot? Help would be greatly appreciated.

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by opatzg In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

likelyhood of a bios virus is somewhat small, likelyhood loading your drive in his pc trashed it well pretty good. Different ide controllers will read differently. It shoudln't have affected your drive since it never? saw it as a viable drive. That leaves ESD shock possibilities in the transference from your pc to his. Drive may be trashed. Some easy fixes to check, make sure none of your pins got bent over when putting cables on, check jumpers to assure your setting are right for cable select or master or slave. What operating systems were you going between? Another possibility is theres a power problem on your freinds pc overloading the circuitry on the drives when plugged in and yours was fried the second you tried to use it. You may be able to replace the circuit board on the drive but you need a good tech to tell you if thats worth it or not. I'm sure "The Chas" and some of the others will have some more ideas for you! Good Luck!

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by ray In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

I am with you in the thought that he may be having dirty power problems. It could have very possibly fried my 80 gb drive. The idea that esd could have affected my controller seems to be a stretch as the drive was being handled with a ground strap.Also this would not explain why my master drive is ok in another machine but not in my home pc. I realize the controller has probably been affected somehow. But how is the mystery. I think I will try to put in a pci/ide controller card and see if drive is then recognizable. If so it is a less expensive alternative than replacing motherboard. Thanks for your input.

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by djent In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

No good deed goes unpunished! Never plug your good drive into another machine without a backup. Some drive combinations just don't play well together as master/slave, you can avoid this by using the secondary controller and master setting. You may just have a dirty cable connection.

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by ray In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

80gb drive used was a non critical data drive so backupup was not an issue. Thanks for the input.

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by ray In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

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by Kc 1 In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

Seems like you've covered all the basics
Either his cmos battery has served it's time, it needs to be changed or you check Badflash.com or www.flashbios.org

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by ray In reply to A Bios Virus issue...?

Just an update: THE MYSTERY IS SOLVED...
It seems that his drive had a dead short and as such it caused the drive tray racks in my pc to short out. This explains why I could see my drives at work but not at home. Replaced the drive tray racks and works fine.
Thanks for all of your help everyone

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