hanging at DMI pool data
Posted 11 March 2009 - 10:42 AM
Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:34 PM
Remove any USB devices connected, go into the BIOS (usually F2, F1 or Del) and there should be an option to "Load Default Settings" or something similar. Use that, press F10 to come out and the problem should be solved.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 05:08 PM
Posted 12 March 2009 - 06:23 AM
Having said that, if the XP cd formatted the disk NTFS then you won't see anything. Alternatively, you can boot from the XP cd and go to the Recovery Console and check the contents of the drive there.
How to start the Windows Recovery Console from your Windows XP installation disc. Go to Option 2: Starting the Windows Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD-ROM. Note: Where you see "When you are prompted, type the Administrator password" if there isn't one, just press enter.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:48 AM
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP SO FAR PLEASE KEEP IT COMING for the first time I feel like I am talking to people who understand these things.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 01:40 PM
In some of the old BIOS versions there is a setting to "Reset Configuration Data" or to "Force Update ESCD". This setting, if present, should be in the Advanced CMOS setup. If you can find one of these settings in the BIOS Setup, set it to "Enabled" (it will reset to the default of disabled after the boot), save the settings (F10 and confirm) and see if it will get past the DMI hang.
If the settings are not present, or don't solve the issue, try resetting the CMOS. This will require removal of the motherboard battery and may require a jumper change. It would be helpful if we had the make and model number of your motherboard (or machine if it's OEM) before doing this so we can check to see if there is a reset jumper to change...and where it is on the board. It's usually near the battery, but that's not always the case on some older machines. If, on the other hand, you are familiar with resetting the CMOS on that machine, that is the way I would proceed.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 03:44 PM
The make and model of the motherboard is a tekrm P6L40-A4 (x) I have the user's manual but it doesn't tell me how to use the jumper to reset only to remove battery. I have tried this but I am wondering what should I do once its reset us the win 98 cd, or try to boot the 98 0em floppy disk. When I tried this last time I was unable to get either to load, I'll try again. KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMING THEY ARE GREAT!
Posted 12 March 2009 - 04:29 PM
Look in the BIOS Setup...under the Standard CMOS Setup and locate the setting for "Halt On:". Make sure it's set to "No Errors". Also make sure that all the drives are set to "Auto". Save any changes you make (F10 and confirm) and see if it will boot past the DMI hang.
Do you have an unused (new) floppy diskette handy?
Posted 12 March 2009 - 04:54 PM
Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:12 PM
Download this Win98SE OEM Startup Disk and save it to your desktop. (Direct Download)
Do Not put a floppy in the floppy drive until prompted to do so by the disk creation application.
Double click on the downloaded file to start the application. Insert a new, formatted floppy diskette into the floppy drive when prompted to do so and click "Ok".
Enter the BIOS Setup on the old machine and make sure the boot sequence is set to A,C. Insert the newly created startup disk into the floppy drive, press F10 and confirm, then see if it will boot to the startup disk.
Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:42 PM
I even set the Bios to check the floppy and (boot up floppy seek) and the head moves during POST. So I think that it is recognizing my a drive right? THANK you for your help so far Whats next?
Posted 12 March 2009 - 05:59 PM
Posted 12 March 2009 - 08:56 PM
Posted 12 March 2009 - 09:13 PM
Floppy drives are easy to hook up wrong, too. The power connector is just opposite of those in the other drives. The red wire should be closest to the edge of the drive...whereas, on the other drives it will be the yellow wire that closest to the edge. The connector is designed to prevent you connecting it wrong, but it's not very effective.
The data cable (ribbon) will also install backwards...it's not slotted as the other drive connectors are. It helps if you mark the top of the ribbon when you remove it so you always know where "up" is...I use a piece of tape or a magic marker. If, when you start the machine, the floppy drive light comes on and stays on with no diskette in the drive...then the data cable is backwards. If the light flashes a couple times and goes out when there is no diskette present, then it's connected properly.
Or you can buy one. They are not at all expensive. Don't get an external one, though...they tend to not work on the older machines. Examples at newegg.com
Posted 13 March 2009 - 01:27 PM
Awaiting your reply.... Thanks
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