Boot hangs

  [DELETED] 14:19 22 Feb 2006

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

  [DELETED] 17:36 23 Feb 2006

I also placed this question on an US forum and received 3 replies of diag tools. Info at this link: click here

  [DELETED] 17:42 23 Feb 2006

Go in BIOS and click on Load default settings and advise if it hangs please?

To get in the BIOS start tapping the delete key, when the computer starts, when there click on load default settings and click on "Save and Exit"

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:27 23 Feb 2006
  [DELETED] 21:30 23 Feb 2006

Thanks madboy33, yes I have done that and it still hangs.

  [DELETED] 21:42 23 Feb 2006

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.

  woodchip 21:46 23 Feb 2006
  woodchip 21:47 23 Feb 2006

As above FDISK /MBR may sort it with a 98 booot floppy

  [DELETED] 14:38 24 Feb 2006

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?

  woodchip 16:36 24 Feb 2006

No, Have you got Acronis true Image?

  [DELETED] 16:46 24 Feb 2006

No, or anything simular, strange!

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