HELP!! Smiley faces after BIOS Startup!! Then Windows problems!
I am at college but my brother's home PC has problems. It starts up normal through my BIOS ... Abit/Athlon logos.
Then it goes to the screen asking if I want to start Windows in Safe Mode or Normal with a Timer.
In every single blank space there is a Smiley Face. Some are blue some are white, mostly in alternations of 4. And some of the letters changed from white to blue.
And then after the 15 seconds pass by, it goes to the Windows XP start screen (black with blue bar)... it does that but there are random green lines across the screen. And then my monitor says Check source and Connection after a couple of seconds. After about 7 minutes, I can hear the Windows starting sounds but can't see it.
I have an AMD Athlon X2 4200+, 200 GB Maxtor HD, 7800 GTX, 1 GB Ram
Thanks very much. I want to know if there is a way to fix it (without losing my HD) and if it sounds like a worm/virus vs. a hardware failure.