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About two weeks ago, my computer dropped all four of my optical drives. Apparently the firmware just disappeared, so I tried to reinstall it with no success. Then I uninstalled all of my burn-ware programs like Easy Creator, Itunes, etc. and tried to reinstall firmware, then reinstalled Easy Creator.
With no success.
So at this point I tried to reinstall XP, as it would just have been faster than searching for a solution after ~3 hours anyway. In the process of the reinstall, I got a BSOD saying that I had a virus/ or hard drive damage, and the reinstall couldn't continue. I even unhooked the two hard drives, and tried to reinstalled a new hard drive, and STILL got the BSOD. So I went back to the copy of XP already installed, and installed some antivirus/malware programs, that gave me the solution of W32.Crypt, and it was quarantined, and I take it removed.
I still need to reinstall XP to fix some things, and I would like the reassurance that I am still not infected. I STILL get the BSOD, even after running all that software, which tells me the Worm is located in the BIOS or a PCI card.
My solution is to remove the infected c drive, do a low format on another computer, while it is out reset the BIOS via the dos format and/or pulling the cmos battery.
Anyone out there have any other ideas. BTW Chemist recommended I post over here in the hardware side to see if a resolution exists. Thanks for all your time.
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

As far as I know W32.Crypt modifies a .dll file and is a windows virus, I've never heard of it effecting the Bios, as for a PCI card it would have to be one with a flashable eprom to retain data after the PC is powered down, do you have any PCI cards installed?

If you use Dban(Daraks boot and nuke) or Active Kill Disk to erase the hard drive you'll remove the virus from it.
If the CD/DVD drives are working to install Windows I would think the firmware is ok on them.
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

Thanks for the quick replies. The BSOD error code is (0x0000007b, (0xF78D663C, 0Xc0000034, 0x0000000, 0x000000).
I wonder if whomever developed it (W32.Crypt), used it as a "cover" if you will, for the worm. I cant understand how you can get a windows error without any windows installed. (The BSOD)
I have a sound card, a sata card, and video card installed.
I wasn't able to reinstall XP on the new hd due to the BSOD?
I will try those other programs probably tomorrow night. Thanks for the advice!!!
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

Is the Sata controller set to IDE, ACHI, or Raid mode?
If you are trying to install XP to a hard drive hooked up to the Sata card you probably need to install additional drives at the F6 prompt on the second(I think) screen in the XP install process, same applies to Raid and AHCI mode on the motherboard Sata controller.
0x0000007b is for a inaccessible hard disk and is from the windows installer most likely.
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

Thanks again for your help. I checked the MOBO BIOS settings and everyone I found says IDE and NOT ACHI, though that is given as an option. My hard drives are run directly into the SATA ports on the MOBO, then I installed a 4 port SATA card for the optical drives. I checked in the Device Manager and the Disk Drives, the IDE controllers and SCSI and Raid areas are all functioning normal. If I cant reinstall again, I will try to add the drivers for the RAID card ( I just wanted 4 more SATA ports is why I installed it) at the F6 prompt. Also, when I was having the virus issue, there was an extra DOS screen saying "NO ANY DRIVES FOUND" which was odd because all the other DOS screens are in proper English.
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

Greetings, that did the trick. Do you think the SATA card is stuffed? I tried to reinstall the SATA drivers at the F6 prompt earlier, but for some reason it just kept going through the DOS screens, plus in the Device Manager it told me that all was well with the SATA card, and drives? Thanks again for the help!!!
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

See if you can install the card now, I've had issues before installing optical drives on a sata card, I will usually leave the optical drive used to install the os and the hard drive the os is on hooked to the motherboard controller, us the add in card for the rest.
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

I reinstalled the WHOLE THING LOL.
I've got the 3 HD's on the MOBO SATA connectors, plus the main optical drive.
I've got 3 optical drives on the SATA card, which did not show up at first. The computer kept asking for the Mass Storage Drivers, so I took a chance and inserted the card's disk and directed it to the correct sata drivers and away we want, restarted and viola!!!
I just noticed that I have a SATA connector labeled RAID on the MOBO which is an ASUS P5b, off the top of your head would you think I could use that as a regular sata connector?
Also cause I know Chemist is reading this, a BIG thank you to everyone that helps out here. I would NOT HAVE SOLVED this issue without your help. I WILL definately recommend your forums for those with computer issues in the future, thanks again!!!
 

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Re: BSOD without Hard drives installed...

I should have mentioned WRENCH97 therefore I owe much apologies, I will definitely recommend you to folks that are having issues with their computers, thanks again!!!
 
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