ABIT TX5 w/Maxtor 4.3 hung with Verifying DMI Pool message

Posted on 1998-07-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
ABIT TX5 motherboard cannot boot off Maxtor 4.3GB drive (Model 84320D4 - DiamondMax 2160).  Screen gets to Verifying DMI Pool message and hangs forever.  CMOS on drive set to LBA mode with Blocking Disabled.  CMOS Autodetects drive fine.  Drive is off IDE1 controller with PCI OnBoard settings set to auto to determine PIO mode.  Anyone out there ever hit this?
Question by:fletchr
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wayneb earned 100 total points
ID: 1137208
In the Bios under pci section there is an option to reset configuration data, enable this, save bios and then allow system to reboot.  Your dmi info pool may have become corrupted.

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ID: 1137209
Tried that.  Screen gave message "ESCD Configuration Updated" and then goes to "Verifying DMI Pool Data..." and never comes out of it.  I even patch my BIOS up to the April 28, 1998 date - Version DZ.  Any other ideas?  

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ID: 1137210
Can you clear the cmos in the bios with jumper on mother board for 30 seconds.  then go into setup and load setup defaults.  Also try to temporaryly disable all internal and external cache.  If this does not work then reject my answer and let some else have a crack at it.
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ID: 1137211

  I used CCMS jumper (Clear CMOS, I presume) to clear out CMOS.  Still could not get Maxtor DiamondMax 4.3 GB working, but I did mange to boot off an older Samsung 560MB hard drive.  Worked fine.  I think my motherboard is fine.  The Maxtor was used on an older motherboard before which did not support Ultra DMA.  Do I have to reformat the drive to make it use Ultra DMA mode or perhaps use some driver?  Even if I tell CMOS to use NORMAL mode and try to tell PCI to not use UDMA, it chooses it anyway.  Screen shows "CHS, UDMA 2, 4320MB) on IDE1 for hard drive.  

Any help would be appreciated.  I went ahead and gave you the points anyway for your help.

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ID: 1137212
The drive should not be chs but lba make sure it is set to lba or auto

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ID: 1137213
The Maxtor should not be set for chs but for lba or auto but if auto misdetects the drive you will have the same problem.  Set it to lba mode.  The only way you would have to reformat the drive or re fisk it is if it was formated using chs.  With lba and fat32 the drive can be the full 4+ gb with fat16 you will have to make it 2 partitions of 2+ gb each.

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