My laptop is messed up. I've been reading about viruses that affect firmware, the bios, the cpu or chipset. I'm starting to think that my problems are related to that. That it's a hardware problem. Here's some background regarding my situation: About a year ago, I had a problem with my Dell laptop. My system suddenly became slow after booting into windows, using it for a while, and then returning to a live CD of linux. The slowness remained despite returning to Linux. It was like the crippling virus ( or whatever it is ) was stored somewhere else, besides the hard drive. I'm almost 100% sure it was not a typical case of viri or malware. When I bought a new laptop, I vowed to use Ubuntu exclusively, as I was sick of windows vulnerabilities. It ran fine for about a year until I decided to boot back into windows. The same thing happened to my new laptop, that happened to my Dell. The system became slow under Windows, and after rebooting back to Linux, the problem remained. So now I'm stuck with a slow system. I'm convinced something, somehow, messed with my hardware ( again ). Is there any way to diagnose this problem? Check the Bios, and hardware settings or something? Anyway to reset everything? I've read soem scarry things on: http://invisiblethingslab.com/ and other related security sites. Hardware level problems. Like things that affect the CPU. How do I fix this problem ( besides buying a new computer and never going into Windows )? Please Note: My current laptop is a HP 6730s.