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Cannot boot up in windows from hard disk

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by amazed, Jun 3, 2005.

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  1. amazed

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    When I try to boot up my desktop PC normally I see first, for a couple of seconds, a flashing cursor in the top left of my display, this is followed by a line of cursors flashing swiftly across the bottom of the screen. Then a smiley face appears at the bottom left with a blinking cursor. The object looks like a domino with two dots in the top half like eyes and 3 in the bottom half, resembling a smiley mouth. Nothing further happens, it just stays like that.
    I can start Windows by booting from my setup CD. PC-Cillin does not recognise any virus, neither Ad-Aware, spybot nor spyware blaster detect anything. I could not get to the command prompt from windows, the virus locks out the keyboard and mouse when I try to access the command prompt, so I have used the Windows set-up disk to delete my partition, format the new partition, and I have re-installed XP Pro. The problem remains.
    So, having completely formatted my hard drive, where is this virus living, and even more importantly, how can I get shut of it?
     
  2. debunkcia

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    you could try and reset cmos by removing the battery from the mother board for a few minutes and putting it back in,. then uppon start up you will have to enter the cmos setup (BIOS) and make any changes nessesary and save the new configuration.
     
  3. amazed

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    Thanks for the idea. I have tried removing the battery, once for an hour. Reset time and date, but the villain reappears. When the PC starts to boot I get a line that says "CMOS/GPNV Checksum bad" above the line "Press F4 to setup". I don't know what that means or if it is relevant.
     
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