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Old 11-16-2009, 01:26 PM   #1
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I unplugged my comptuer and took it with me for a trip. When I got there, I hooked it up and turned it on to find the message saying OS not found. After a bit of troubleshooting, I decide to take off the battery for the motherboard. Turned it back on and it worked. But my video is not the same anymore, internet certificates are missing, icons are missing on some programs. Could this have been the work of a virus?
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:59 PM   #2
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It sounds like it. Is the computer running slow, or anything quirky going on? You can try a command driven repair, if you have a windows disk, or just do a full format. For instructions on a command driven repair just email me via my website.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:45 PM   #3
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I don't know about a virus. It could be a bad/dying hard drive.

I'd back up as much data as you can. Keep in mind that a 'full format' will erase all your data (documents/pictures/etc).
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:50 PM   #4
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I don't know about a virus. It could be a bad/dying hard drive.

I'd back up as much data as you can. Keep in mind that a 'full format' will erase all your data (documents/pictures/etc).
it's a brand new harddrive, a month old. been downloading stuff lately.

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It sounds like it. Is the computer running slow, or anything quirky going on? You can try a command driven repair, if you have a windows disk, or just do a full format. For instructions on a command driven repair just email me via my website.

well it's a new drive, i bought a 1TB seagate and since I bought it, it hasn't been that great, computer to my old 500GB one. i'm not sure if the massive size is causing data access to be a bit slower.
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it's a brand new harddrive, a month old. been downloading stuff lately.




well it's a new drive, i bought a 1TB seagate and since I bought it, it hasn't been that great, computer to my old 500GB one. i'm not sure if the massive size is causing data access to be a bit slower.
Unfortunately just because its new that doesnt mean its good. On seagate's website they have a diagnostic tool that I'd just to play it safe.

Typically, when I see this, it's not a virus but a hardware issue. Since it occurred after moving the system, I would double check all connections inside the system to make sure they are good.
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:23 PM   #6
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if it is that new i would call the manufacturer tech support before messing with it too much and voiding any warranty it might have came with we all know how sneaky the fine print can be

celegorm your sig is too long 5 lines maximum including blank lines...

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if it is that new i would call the manufacturer tech support before messing with it too much and voiding any warranty it might have came with we all know how sneaky the fine print can be

celegorm your sig is too long 5 lines maximum including blank lines...

even moderators should follow there own rules, i dont break rules on my servers and expect other people not to break them
Unless you open the hard drive, the warranty stays intact. Just don't mess with the stickers on it. Don't throw it either. They can tell.

His signature is fine. It is 5 lines including spaces.
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Unless you open the hard drive, the warranty stays intact. Just don't mess with the stickers on it. Don't throw it either. They can tell.

His signature is fine. It is 5 lines including spaces.
going way off topic here im not gona take over the mans thread but i would call tech support just to cover yourself, that plus i think they can be way more help than a "general computer hardware forum" just because they are the manufacturer its kind of like taking a brand new Cadillac to carmax for a repair it might work sometimes but gm wont like it lol

btw i count 6 idk maybe i counted wrong but i just got an "infraction" for too long of a sig because i had a space
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I guess I can try a reformat on the drive to see if the problem will go away. someone mentioned that it may be from the move. but at the same spot, after having it power on, i unplugged the hard drive, plugged it back in and it gave me the same NO OS message, until i took off the motherboard battery.
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going way off topic here im not gona take over the mans thread but i would call tech support just to cover yourself, that plus i think they can be way more help than a "general computer hardware forum" just because they are the manufacturer its kind of like taking a brand new Cadillac to carmax for a repair it might work sometimes but gm wont like it lol

btw i count 6 idk maybe i counted wrong but i just got an "infraction" for too long of a sig because i had a space
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