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  1. cammi

    cammi Thread Starter

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    I know someone who only bought a 2nd (or 3rd) hand computer - it's a P2. He was opening a document, then the computer failed to work any more. He took it to a computer shop, and the guy said it was because the doc had a virus, and it affected the motherboard so he had to change it.

    Could something like that happen? How does a virus affect the motherboard?
     
  2. compilerxp

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    Bad topic Title...

    There are ways of destorying hardware... BIOS is the easiest. On older computers - a buddy wrote a program that self-destructed his Atari 400 or 800 (somehow he redirected current from an IO into someplace else it wasnt supposed to go - Kinda like how Hackers break in by bending software until it breaks to get in).

    heres a simple one:
    http://www.srnmicro.com/virusinfo/cih.htm

    Many boards (Award - blue type) include BIOS write protection. Or Gigabyte has an optional DUAL BIOS system (one is writable, the other is not).
     
  3. greengeek

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    Lots of guys in computer shops will tell you the motherboard is faulty because it's quicker to install a new one than to try and get rid of the junk that some people get on their computers.
     
  4. cammi

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    well it was a question :p

    anyway, i think he's just got normal documents (eg for Word or whatever) and i should have said, it's recycled for non-profits, and the organisation that sells (or gives) computers to NGO's reformat's the computer and makes sure that everything is working. that's why i thought it was a bit strange, especially since that computer isn't connected to the internet. (he uses a cybercafe)
     
  5. mobo

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    It is possible to get a virus from removeable storage devices but highly unlikely. Both yourself and your friend should now learn the lesson of going to that shop for repairs. Quite sad really that you go for help and you end up getting stiffed but it happens.
     
  6. compilerxp

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    There were viruses long before the AVG people accessed the internet.... floppys, CDs, hard drives, etc.

    The shop could be telling the truth as well. he opened a document and his computer died.... Opening normal programs do not damage hardware.

    But many shops will rip you off or don't know what they are doing.

    Hint of a cheap shop: Lots of Low-quality cheap junk.
     
  7. zeddy

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    Have you tried a floppy based virus checker to see what it shows up before letting the shop take the mobo away?
     
  8. cammi

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    a floppy based virus checker? :S
     
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  10. cammi

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    hehe thanks zeddy :)
     
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