: LG-95Z motherboard
, Intel Celeron D 3.33 GHz CPU
& two 1 GB sticks
of DDR2 SDRAM
.Series of events that lead to my current problem
: One day, I let my computer idle for a few hours (I know this is bad of me, but I had the habit of leaving my computer running all day, every day unless an update was installed and Windows had to be restarted) and when I went to go sign back on to XP, only a black screen appeared, so I manually restarted. I had the options to Start Windows Normally, Last Known Good Configuration, etc. I went through each option but whatever one I chose led me back to that screen. I didn't have an XP disc to run CHKDSK, so I just removed the HD from my computer. I used to have a 300 GB Maxtor SATA HDD
running Windows XP Pro
installed on my computer. That hard drive ended up dying, so I bought a 1 TB Seagate SATA HDD
to replace it. I also bought a new CD/DVD burner to replace my old one that died. I plugged both of those in, and tried to install Windows 7. I couldn't get the disc to work, even though it was a known good disc since it was used on another computer. I received a Windows Boot Manager error that mentioned hardware changes, which made me think of the fact that since it was a much larger HD that maybe I had to flash the BIOS to make it work properly, since I remembered that I had to flash the BIOS when I first got my motherboard to make old HD work. I went to the ABIT web site and saw that there was a new BIOS version available, so I downloaded it on to a floppy. After making a bootable MS-DOS disk with the additional files needed to flash my BIOS, I realized I didn't have a floppy drive installed on my computer. So, I went out and bought an external USB floppy drive, and enabled the USB Floppy HDD option in BIOS. I tried booting to it, to no avail. I realized after the fact that the drive wouldn't work because it required drivers to be installed. I unplugged the USB FDD, ended up finding my old 5+ yr old internal FDD and plugged it in, along with my old and new CD/DVD drives that were already connected. That's when the problems of hanging at the verifying pool data began.Current problem
: Every time I turn my computer on, it POSTs successfully but then hangs while verifying the DMI pool data
. I have tried EVERYTHING I could think of.I have tried booting:
*With no drives connected.
*With only my old SATA HD.
*With only my new SATA HD (which has been partitioned and formatted but doesn't have an OS installed on it).
*With only my new and old hard drives plugged in.
*With only my old EIDE DVD drive.
*With only my new EIDE CD/DVD drive.
*With only my old EIDE CD drive.
*With a floppy drive while both my old and new CD/DVD drives are plugged in.
*Without a floppy drive with both of my CD/DVD drives are plugged in.
*I have tried clearing the CMOS data by switching the jumper from position on 1, 2 to 3, 4 and then back to 1, 2.
*I have removed then re-inserted the CMOS battery.
*I have individually loaded the Default, Fail-Safe, and Optimized settings.
*NOW I cannot change anything other than Standard CMOS settings because my down arrow key will not work, whether a PS/2 or USB keyboard is used. THIS IS MY BIGGEST PROBLEM.
*I do not
have the latest BIOS version installed. The current version is 12
.. I have 10
I'm driving myself up a wall trying to fix this... Please help.