Please excuse my delay in responding, over the last several weeks my OS has been down more so than up, mostly down, due to the dreaded "Verifying DMI data pool" black screen on booting up. When at home many many hours in trying to get rid of it.
Two expensive local geeks attempted to do it, both one after the other giving of the same comment on failing, eg, try this, try that and even suggesting a new PC.
Due to the length of time that I have had the problem, desparation was in the air and I was half inclined to agree, but then, the bulldog in me said, ok, let me play around with it some more before thinking about a new unit.
Then, this very day 16/07/2011, I found a way around the the dreaded screen, details of which are below, but then another swine of a thing that crept in yesterday, also is now hampering much of my time in accessing whatever, only to get the following, eg "the requested lookup key was not found in any active activation context" and failing to connect each time.
So, if anyone can come up with a genuinely proven way of getting around the "active activation" issue, if so, can it be also be sent to my email address, eg, (firstname.lastname@example.org) it would be much appreciated.
"Verifying DMI" yes I know, only the up/down and across arrows and reset button as means to work with, so. by whatever means, bring up the Phoenix-AWARDBIOS black screen, let it finish with the bottom line reading "Press F1 to continue" and "DEL to enter set-up". All too often, when F1 was pressed first, it brought up "Verifying DMI data pool with a row of dots and a flashing minus sign", with the only option of the reset button, which repeats all of the aforemention over and over again.
Pressing DEL takes you into the BIOS/CMOS and we all know how much trouble that can cause. (for the record and in my xp-sp3-os, my success involved a boot sequence of 1,CD-ROM, 2, Hard disc, 3, LS120 , simply because my floppy/stiffy drive was burnt out some time ago and, it is completely disconnected cable wise in the tower) that said, I am not suggesting my 1-2 and 3 sequence is right for any other machine, or for that matter the truly only way to be rid of Verifying DMI.
So, in conclusion, when the dreaded screen arrives with that dreaded bottom line of "Press F1 to continue" and "DEL to enter set-up". LEAVE BOTH ALONE, take a break, make a cup of tea, take a walk around the garden, for exactly how long I do not know, mine was an hour long.
Then return to your machine and double press the FI key, which if successful will bring up Verifying DMI with a row of dots, BUT, with no flashing minus sign, then wait a few seconds and bingo your Windows comes alive. IF, the first attempt fails, press the reset button and take another break before trying the F1 again.
I am far removed from anyone of minor/good IT status, but, it struck me that Verifying is a process or same of checking if you like and either can take time, in my case I gave it one hour, after which I can only conclude that the Verifying/checking process was completed. Yea I know, something of a epistle heh, but then, there was a load on my chest that I had to be rid of, unfortunately it has come your way first.