Question about PC Desktops

1 Answer

Firmware damaged by a virus

I need the firmware

Can't answer your question, sorry. Just to say that I too
am pondering whether I might be experiencing the results
of infected firmware myself.
Musing, as if to an eagerly interested listener...
- My two TV-tuner/capture cards --one, a near
new dual-tuner Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE, the other an ancient Creative VBDVCR (but which was needed in order to run the WinTV-PVR-500 MCE card under plain WinXP Pro) have mystifyingly become 'paper-weights' ever since my computer got infected with some nasty malware recently. (The computer itself is working again, after thoroughly reformatting all hard drives and re-installing all software, including Windows XP Pro SP1, from my original
installation disks.)
- I've not been able to rule out the theoretical possibility of
an infected motherboard BIOS. But I believe this to be
unlikely, since I experience the same problem when I try to
install these cards in my recently acquired Intel Core2 Quad machine, whether booting to Windows Vista or Windows XP Pro SP2. (I keep these two OS' physically separated, on two different bootable hard drives, always keeping one drive's SATA cable unplugged when booting from the other.) I have thoroughly and repeatedly 'scrubbed' my hard drives on both computers (not to mention, replaced the originally infected drive with another from among a small collection of older/lower-capacity hard drives I happen to have sitting around), and see no possibility of the fault lying within my original software and operating systems.
- My frustration here is NOT that my TV-tuner/capturecards
appear to have physically bitten the dust. If I could simply know that this were indeed only the case, then I'd simply buy a replacment Hauppauge WinTV-PVR-500 MCE card (to run under the Vista Ultimate, since without the Creative VBDVCR, it'll require Windows Media Center) and move on. But no, it's like this: both, Windows XP Pro SP1 in the one computer and Vista Ultimate (as well as Windows XP SP2) in the other, after identifying and telling me the hardware is
there, then consistently 'stonewall' me with, "the hardware
was not installed because the wizard cannot find the
necessary software"; this despite the fact that I point it to
the drivers that are on what are only the very same non-
volatile CD-ROM disks which have always worked for me
without fanfare in the past.
- And this leaves me with a dilemma: How do I proceed
from here? Do I go ahead and replace the Hauppauge
Win-TV-500-MCE on the speculation that a firmware
infection has made the old one un-installable? Or do I hold
onto my money until I can somehow get a clearer, more
substantiable , idea as to what it is exactly that is at
play (and/or mischief) here? I mean, what if, after forking
out $160 + for the new card, I then find myself
stymied by this very same baffling situation still?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 101 Answers
Re: firmware damaged by a virus

Have u upgraded windows since the last time you installed ur original drivers>?
i would suggest that you create a file on the desktop get the newest drivers from the manufacture that is compatible with yuor os.the manually install theem, go to yyour device manager in the contol panel go to hardware if your hardware is there clik properties drivers ,then update them you might have to unistall the old 1's and their software 1st/If u need more detail get back to me

Posted on Jan 21, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Firefox wont open after a virus has been fixed

the issue is the way the program was installed in the first place from the admin right program ..Sign in again in the admin account ..and from there uninstall Mozilla Firefox completely and reinstall it ..and during the installation pay attention on what you tick in the window It will ask you who will have access to teh program ..and you have to select all users..and wiull work after that ..This may be possible to change from the start /program access and default ..but I assumed that it may also be damaged and this be the cause for not working in the guest account.
let me know what you manage to do and if you have any difficulties during the process ..
have a nice day and please rate the answer positive if it helps.. .

Dec 23, 2011 | Dell PC Desktops


How to check whether a virus has effected a PC

Most common type of virus disable the windows capability to show hidden files. To check whether the computer does not have virus , goto My Computer > Tools (Tab) > Folder Options > View >

Select "Show Hidden Files and Folders"

Click apply and ok

Again repeat the same procedure and check whether the selected "Show hidden files and folders" is still active or its been return to the "Don't show hidden files and folders".

If its still active then it means virus has not effected the system of at least you could delete the hidden virus files.

If it automatically return to the "Don't show...", virus has effected you system. Then go for a good anti-virus software.

on Dec 07, 2009 | PC Desktops

2 Answers

Computer virus

I am sorry it is not possible to answer your question as you have not given enough details of your problem and/or equipment.

Mar 07, 2011 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Compaq Presario SR1650 had a virus, so the HD was replaced and the BIOS reset, and it now has a signal error and black monitor screen. Any suggestions? Could the video on the motherboard be damaged? ...

Clean the virus from the original drive would have been the easiest answer.
If you fitted a replacement drive, have you got as far as the BIOS menu? If not probably something is not happy.
Put it back as it was and trace your steps.

Jan 20, 2011 | HP PC Desktops

3 Answers

The Geek Squad wants to replace my hard drive and reload Windows because they say it is infected with a virus and my warrenty won't cover that.

You don't have to replace the hard drive if it still works. You can reformat it by doing a clean install of windows. It's relatively easy. Just go to your cmos, tell your computer to boot from cd, put your windows cd in your drive. Boot to the windows install cd and follow the instructions and answer the questions on the screen. Good luck and let me know if you need anything else.

Oct 16, 2010 | PC Desktops

2 Answers

My 9 in 1 card reader is not working

please check the SD Card whether it is orginal or not.if everything is fine with SD card, the problem may be with your reading gead of the device.please see whether any virus is affected or not.if this is because of some virus , you need to do formatting

Aug 08, 2009 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Cd tray on Computer keeps ejecting while not in use

Hi Deborah.We can try a few steps to resolve this problem.Open the cabinet/Tower and reseat the drive cables.Check in the BIOS(F2 or Delete key on the keyboard on system restart to get to BIOS) and see whether the drive ejects.If it doest do it here,then it could be a windows issue.Even viruses can cause this problem.If it does in BIOS as well,then we need to do more.... Check in device manager for the driver model (Control panel>>System>>Device manager>>CD/DVDROM drives). Click on the +sign beside the CD/DVDROM drives option and check the complete name of the drive. Google for %Drive model% Firmware and install the firmware.That is the only possible solution.Samsung drives do have this known issue

Mar 17, 2009 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Computer software problem


Feb 09, 2009 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Hi, I bought a Norton AntiVirus package on July 31, 2008. I was infected with a Virus called VirusResponse Alert on Sunday, November 2, 2009. I looked on line for a support number from Norton and a 24...

I suggest that the only people who can answer your questions are the people at Norton. Obviously, I wouldn't ring that phone number again, because you will only get the same people you have already spoken to. I suggest that you WRITE to the Manager at Norton. (You'll find their address on their paperwork) and tell them everything that happened, and ask them the questions you want answered. And then you'll be in a position to know whether they deserve your business or not, and whether or not you have what you paid for, and if not, what they are going to do about it. Ask if they will give a refund if you have not got what you paid for. And I think that if you got a Virus while you were supposedly protected by their product, then you definitely Didn't get what you expected to.

Nov 05, 2008 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Firmware upgrade disables dvd

there may be some virus in your system blocking it check for virus in your pc

Jun 21, 2008 | PC Desktops

Not finding what you are looking for?
PC Desktops Logo

Related Topics:

584 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top PC Desktops Experts


Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers


Level 3 Expert

18258 Answers

Are you a PC Desktop Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides