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Old 05-19-2005, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Strange characters at boot up.

What causes a bunch of characters to be on the screen when the computer first boots up? To go into detail: When I cut the computer on immediatly the screen fills up with a bunch of 99s or zeros and dashes. It doesn't do any memory checks or anything. It seems to me to be a motherboard corruption. To fix this should I just flash the BIOS?

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Old 05-19-2005, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ouch. Maybe you got a bios virus. Rare, but possible. Try a flash, it may work. If it dosent, I imagine that your whole mobo is corrupt. Maybe not through a virus, but through a power spike or surge or something, could be a million things.

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Old 05-19-2005, 08:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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do u hear any beeps at start up? can u get into setup?
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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do you have any other os's installed? it did that to mine when my partitions were mixed up with mandrake. But it didn't do it right when i turned on the comp so it may be different.
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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try checking your beepcodes
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