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Boot Stops on Verifying DMI Pool Data.

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I have recently built from old parts a second PC. The PC is made from the following.

1) Gigabyte GA-586T2 Motherboard
2) Pentium 133Mhz CPU
3) 64mb DIMM
4) Seagate 130mb HDD

When i switch on the PC it seems to start to boot ok but then stops after displaying the messages

Building DMI Pool
Verifying DMI Pool Data
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I have tried to boot from floppy but both system or non system disks seem to be ignored (FDD light illuminates) and i end up with the same message as above. I can enter the BIOS setup but everything seems in order (boot sequence, HDD detected etc). The motherboard was bought from a second user supplier so it is the only component i have not seen working before.

NOTE: My main PC is away for repair so i can only reply to this question when at work, So I apologise in advance for any delays as i work shifts (only 140 per year).
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Do you know that the floppy and hard drive are connected with the proper pin1 configuration.  Generally pin 1 goes towards the power.  Do you know that the memory is good and seated properly?
Break the system back to only video, memory, and floppy and see if it boots.  Then add back one part and piece until you have found the problem.

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slink9,
       The floppy & HDD are both connected properly & the memory counts up to 64mb at the start of booting. I will try running with the HDD disconnected tonight.

Regards
Paul.

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In addition to slink9's good answer...

- Try to determine weather your floppy cable har more than two connectors or not. If so try the other one (with a few cables twisted). Also make sure that the red dotted side of the cable points to the powercord on the floppy and to pin 1 on the motherboard.

- Check all cables from the chassi to the motherboard.

- Some BIOS's can enable/disable FDD without you seeing any difference in the bootsequence.


What bothers me is that you don't get any report about FDD malfunction or no OS installed. Normally when hardware is connected errorneous the computer stalls much earlier in the bootsequence.

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Good luck

Jonas Finnhult
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I have seen the freeze there due to faulty/incompatible hard drives.  That will probably be the source.  Do you have another drive you can try?

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Jonas,
         If i swap the FDD cable i do get a FDD error on boot. I have discovered some info on Maxtor's web site that i will try.

http://www.maxtor.com/products/DiamondMax/techsupport/InformationBulletins/15007.html

slink9,
       My other HDD is with my main PC, Away for repair (under warranty thankfully). When i get it back i will try swapping it.

Regards
Paul.

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I have tried booting with only floppy connected then with only floppy and CD-ROM connected (changing BIOS settings for first boot device floppy then first boot device CD-ROM) but it does not boot from either device !.

Any idea's ?.

Paul.

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I have seen this happen if the jumper on either the HDD or the CDROM are in the incorrect position.  If both CD and HDD are set to "master" or both to "slave" or if either is set to "cable select", this will produce the error you are seeing.  I'm sure you've already checked this, but just wanted to check.

Also, if you go into the BIOS and run the auto-detect HDD option, does the BIOS see the correct HDD?  If not, it is most likely the problem above or a dead or dying HDD (or possibly a bad controller on the M/B).

Good luck.

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Sorry for the delay in answering, I have been away for a few days.
 I tried the HDD in my other computer and this (newer) PC complained of no OS. I formatted the disk and installed DOS to get me started in the old PC. This now is recognised ok. Thanks for everyones help.

Slink9 was just about the nearest so takes the points.

Thanks
Paul.

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