My system will not complete the boot. It hangs in the same place 'verifying DMI pool data'. The problem started a couple of weeks ago intermittently and at different places. I guess it's a hardware problem that has now hardened up. I have disconnected drives, memory, printer and scanner. I have run the maxter stand alone test on the drives. During the boot the memory is good and the drives are displayed ok. Are there any diagnostic tools available I can test the motherboard etc with? Any other thoughts?
XP Pro Sp2 AND Athlon XP 2800 2 x 512mb DDR400 RAM All in Wonder 9000 Graphics Diamondmax Plus9 SATA Drives - 250gb - 120gb Canon I865 Printer Epson Perfection 1670 Scanner Nec 1300A DVD +/- Dual format
DMI or "Desktop Management Interface". PC's hanging at this point could indicate that the OP system is corrupt. Has happened to me once in the past. I had to reinstall the system before it would work again. There are some tools on the windows disk which will allow you to check the hard drive. If these show no problem you've very likely got something nasty on your system .. Virus etc., In which case you will have to re install windows.
One more thing you could try is this. You will need a boot flopy disk with "Fdisk" on. Doesn't matter what system .. could be something like Win98. Run the command this way "Fdisk/mbr". This will replace the Master Boot Record of your drive incase it has been infected with a virus.
Hi, I have completed all the tests and cannot find any problem. I also run 'Maxter PowerMax 4.22' on the drives and all is ok. So I decided to reformat and reinstall XP. When the install process got to the format task it displayed a new 8mb partition as C disk. The old C 256gb disk was reassigned D disk. I deleted the new partition and tried booting the system again and, YES, Windows booted ok! So what happened? Did fdisk/mbr create this new partition?