I botched a bios update (I think)

millon

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It started with this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/244920-28-onboard-sound-card-makes-unwanted-noises
Someone suggested that I update my bios, so I downloaded the drivers and just extracted them to my desktop. I thought I would need to put them on a floppy drive before they could update anything, and I wasn't ready to update yet. Then when I turn my computer on this morning my monitor is not receiving signals (standby light). I also swapped monitors with my other PC to rule out the monitor as being the problem. My keyboard and mouse lights are also staying dark, so I don't think they are being recognized either. I doubt that my GPU is the problem, because it's a non-overclocked evga 8800 gts that is less than a month old. I would like to test it too, but I don't have another pci card.
I also put in the driver disk, and restarted, but that didn't do anything. I don't know what to do now. The only other step that I can think of is to clear the CMOS, but I don't know if that will lead to more issues like having to my hdds in raid unrecognized and being required to reinstall my OS.
 

millon

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My computer was working fine the last two weeks, do you think that the ram can suddently go bad?
edit: wow, I didn't expect that to work. I took out 2 of my 4 sticks, booted fine, then shut down, put them all back, booted fine again, and now I'm back to normal. Thanks. I was worried that I might have to get a new mb.
 

rodney_ws

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Actually, I have seen an instance where due to some sort of electrical problem, physically removing a chip then booting then just adding the chip back did solve the problem. Can't explain it, but if the op's rig passes Memtest I think he's got a clean bill of health.