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I think this is more a BIOS issue ... My packard bell PC stucked during a reboot, this happens when i leave a toshiba usb drive attached during the reboot circle, so I ctr-alt-canc without the usb drive attached and the OS wont boot because the internal drive boot order is messed up...

I restored the correct order and the OS starts up. BUT the boot process now display an ACER logo instead of packar-bell
the bios time is ok so i don't think is a battery problem. What is this? some sor of BIOS virus?, the machine became self-conscious and display a dissociative disorder? can i trust this PC?

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Dell u2412m, (24 inch).

I have tried uninstalling the drivers for the Dell monitor and rebooting the computer but it still comes back with an identity number of 1. There is nothing in the Nvidia control centre to enable me to swap the numbers. Is there any way of swapping the identity numbers over?

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