Is there such a thing? Some kind of malware that attacks the motherboard bios? This afternoon I rebooted one of my computers (an Asus A7N8XE mb) -- some program, I don't remember exactly which, was "acting up" -- and it took way too long to boot. It seemed to be hanging even before Grub loaded (while the nvidia splash screen that shows up during post was still displayed). Tried a few times with the same effect; it was taking almost a minute before I would get my grub boot menu. I was thinking that maybe my boot sector was corrupted, or one of my memory sticks went bad, but I didn't have time to play with it & just left it running while I went to school. Tonight, before screwing around with the memory, just for the hell of it I flashed the bios and, voila, it seems to be working fine again. Could anything from the internet have caused that, or is it just indigestion?