yesterday morning Monday 31st when I first fired up the computer, there was a [bleep] of a racket coming from what I considered to be the cooling fan of the power supply, I thought this may have been a gecko (small house lizard)caught up in the fan area, I removed the side cover and after turning off the computer, I removed the power supply and run the computer again, the loud noise had gone, but I could still hear an uneven running in the fan, I replaced the fan and rebooted the unit and I received a bios screen saying the bios date was incorrect, attempting to change this was not possible, using the + and - keys would only key between 1 and 12, when I typed in the 31st, and pressed enter, the date would revert back to the 1st.
so now, briefly, I have a computer asking for a boot up disk and telling me it can't find the hard drive, and I only removed 3 power cables from the MB and didn't touch the sata cable to the hard drive.
I know this is not the original post, but thought you may like to know why I decided to stop wasting your time.
when I run firefox previously, I had uninstalled IE8 and I am fairly sure I had no conflicts with firefox, only with my wife.
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