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I'm not even sure if I have a virus on my BIOS.
But here's what happens. It will boot up to an OS, but run extremely slow and even freeze (almost every 10 minutes on XP, and same on SuSE...which is surprising, considering the stability of Linux).
I've tried switching out the old memory with brand new memory, that made no difference. I also tried completely formating the hard drive (write 0's to the whole thing), that too, made no difference. I've also tried other video cards, and taking out the sound card. None of the things I've tried so far have made a lick of difference, and it just seems to be getting worse. So my last resort is to try [reinstalling?] the BIOS. Because I have heard of viruses infecting the BIOS, but usually the symptoms of that are the system doesn't boot AT ALL. So I'm not really sure what to do to diagnose my problems here, other than this, or buy a new motherboard all together. Thanks, if you need more information, ask. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks so much!
Have you recently reset the BIOS to defaults? There may be a setting that is causing things to misbehave, like a multiplier setting or FSB speed. I would first try flashing the BIOS with the latest version from Gigabyte, even if it is the same version you have on there now. Then go into setup and accept the failsafe settings in the BIOS and make sure everything works. If so, then start setting options in the BIOS the way you want it.
and poof??? I kept on getting those extremely anoying stop errors (blue screen with 0xf074f8a or something like that)....but my cpu isn't heating up on the computer I am currently using and it has the same problem.
If you want to double-check for viruses with another Windows program, this might be a good one for you: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/. However, assuming that you are not close to capacity on that 20 gig HD or have a ton of bad sectors, it does sound like it could be heat-related to me. The box is far enough from the sides of the desk to give decent air flow, right? Have you tried cleaning all critical areas in the case and even running it with the case open to ease air-flow? BTW that 128 meg of ram running XP is going to mean slow going anyway - I'd go to 512meg ASAP. Why not buy/borrow at least another 128 meg stick and see if it helps.
Sooooo.... you have two machines with the same problems?? What software have you been installing recently? Are you trying to run multiple applications when this happens or just one? Not trying to watch DVD's while running Far Cry, right? Do you have a ton of programs loading at start-up? If you've got a physically clean machine, plenty of cooling and running minimal programs and STILL have the problems, I'd go back to ground zero.... back-up and then F-Disk and Format one of the machines, load the OS again but just run it with the very basic programs for awhile and see if the machine is speedier. If so, reload the programs one by one and check to see what is dogging the performance. Beyond that, I'm out of suggestions.