hanging at DMI pool data
Posted 14 March 2009 - 04:58 PM
Posted 14 March 2009 - 05:00 PM
Let's shut the machine down, pull the power plug, and remove the motherboard battery. Let the machine sit this way for about an hour. Then put the battery back in (+ side up), power it back up and see if it will boot past the DMI hang.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:30 AM
Posted 15 March 2009 - 09:35 AM
Posted 15 March 2009 - 12:08 PM
Posted 15 March 2009 - 02:05 PM
The checksum message indicates that the CMOS reset as it should have...so we've eliminated that.
I'm starting to think we're looking at either a corrupt BIOS or a bad motherboard, but we've really not been able to do much actual troublshooting because of the hang...
The BIOS can be flashed as a last resort, but there's a catch...it requires a working floppy drive.
I guess if the hardware removal doesn't get you a proper boot, the low level format would be next...with the extra hardware removed. If we can get it to boot...or at least boot to the XP cd, we may be able to rebuild the boot sector...which is something else that can cause the DMI hang.
I've found a BIOS manual for the P6L40-A4 x, but it hasn't really shown me anything that we haven't tried in there.
Posted 23 July 2009 - 05:18 AM
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