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A friend's laptop DVD drive is suddenly no longer detected. It's going to be difficult to walk him through going into the BIOS (he's not local). I wonder if it is even worthwhile i.e. whether the BIOS settings can be corrupted by a virus. Are BIOS settings formatted in a standard way such that a virus writer would know what to alter? FYI, he did reinstall the OS and the drive is still not detected.

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Please clarify: what OS? He did reinstall the OS using that DVD drive and it's not working from installed OS? – Olli Feb 27 '11 at 15:03
Why would a virus want to do that? – SLaks Feb 27 '11 at 17:19

There are virusses that can flash your BIOS, but it's very much unlikely that a virus tampered with your BIOS to disable the DVD drive. On top of that, every BIOS is different, so a virus should know how to flash the specific type. A hardware issue is much more likely. It's probably a malfunctioning DVD drive or motherboard.

But I wonder, how did your friend reinstall the OS without a disk drive? If he installed the OS through that drive, it's probably a driver issue.

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  1. viruses can flash your BIOS rending it unusable, but it is highly unlikely that it will temper with settings in your BIOS by changing the CMOS RAM configuration since the arrangement is different for different boards.

  2. it is more likely that the DVD drive is broken rather than a uber-strange computer virus disabled it

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  1. yes there is such a thing as a bios virus
  2. stick a windows or linux live dvd in the drive and if you can boot from it, then the drive is not broken and the problem is probably down to the driver being absent as opposed to the bios having a virus in it
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