I hope that you can help me with this problem- which is outside of my experience.
Out of the blue my PC failed to boot. Its OS is XP Pro.
It proceeds t boot as usual but then it hangs on the message ' Verifying DMI pool data. Update success' That's it. There's a blinking cursor below that but it doesn't respond to the keyboard.
It halts there no matter what I try- for instance tapping F8, the Gigabyte mobo safe-mode key, or even attempting to boot with the OS CD in the CD drive.
I thought it might be that the MOBO battery had died as I haven't used this machine for quite a while. I changed the battery and I briefly saw the message ' CMOS checksum error. Defaults loaded ' but that hasn't reappeared. ' Verifying DMI pool date. Update success '; is as far as it gets.
Any clues ? Short of sticking in a new hard drive I can't think where to go from here.