I just intro'd on the Introductions forum. I haven't had a lot of luck with my problem(s) on other forum sites, so here goes.
I wasn't sure on which forum this belonged, since I'm not sure if my problems are hardware- or software-related, or both. I'll outline my issue(s) in a point-by-point format, while trying to remain brief.
- Recently upgraded CPU from an AMD Athlon 64x2 5000+ BE processor to an AMD Phenom II 940 Deneb quad core CPU. The CPU, rated at 3.0 GHz, insisted on running at 2.2 GHz at default BIOS settings. Any attempts at bumping it up just to its nominal speed rating resulted in lockups. The system did NOT freeze during use, but refused to boot up again after Restart or Shutdown.
- Updated the BIOS with the latest Rev. on the Gigabyte website. No change noted with existing problem(s).
- Suspicions ranged from a "lemon" CPU, to faulty RAM, to dying video card, to a PSU circling the drain.
- Yesterday, I exchanged the CPU for an identical, new one, and also got an HIS/ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB video card. I installed them both.
- Now when I boot up, the system doesn't even finish POSTing . . . the POST hangs at "Verifying DMI pool data."
Am I again facing a questionable CPU? Or, perhaps I should have not put in the new video card while trying to isolate the problem(s) by elimination? (I may just change back to my previous video card and try booting). I just replaced my G.Skill RAM with new OCZ RAM, so I don't see that as a problem.
Also, do I need to do a reinstall of Windows XP? Would that possibly get rid of the POST-hanging problem?
Ideas, anyone? Thank you in advance!
- Dave G.
Edited by stargazerDG, 06 March 2009 - 10:41 PM.