Thanks for your reply...
I got into the BIOS and found:
CPU Temp 49-50 / 120-122
System Temp 38 / 100
Also, if it's of any relevance... CPU Critical Temp - Disabled
CPU fan speed - 4800-4900
System Fan - 0
Power Fan - 0
And there is what sounds to me like a short/quick beep on boot
And... while searching my way to the above... I noted:
Boot Sector Virus Protection - Disabled
That didn't sound good to me... should I do anything here?
And... "begging and pleading", like the beep, is also "code"... note the emoticon I employed there.
And... no need at all to say "sorry for all the questions"!
First of all... you are helping me! I got some help with spyware removal from one of your Geeks to Go colleagues a month or so ago, and she was also rather apologetic for having to have me "do all this again"... It should be "Gracious Geeks to Go"!
And... questions are the answer; I just love the investigative work!
So... ask away!
And... it's quite an image... your Czarina-with-cigarette graphic... in a truck... cursing and swearing in various languages... heading right toward the CPU...
How kool is that!