can't boot w/ Verifying DMI Pool Data

July 7, 2009 at 16:17:32
Specs: Windows XP
I did a partitioning on C drive and afterward, PC can't boot up and hangs at Varifying DMI Pool Data.. I have heard using fixboot, fixnbr via XP repair console but not totally sure.

Any suggestions on fixing this problem?


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July 7, 2009 at 17:57:22
It's a hardware problem, not a software problem. What did you change?

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July 7, 2009 at 21:53:41
I merged two logic partitions into one by using partition magic.
Norton support did not have a clue on how to fix this.

But I did try using XP install repair to repair the XP system settings, but I ended up cancel the process at copying phase after encounter more than 100 file not found messages at about 63% completion mark.

Am thinking if I might copy and replace the system and system 32 folders from other computer which is having same setting as in XP prof SP3. and then use fixmbr and fixboot to fix the problem.

Do anyone have any insight to guide me on resolving this problem...


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July 7, 2009 at 23:04:02
How did you manage to get the xp repair to run when the system locks up at POST(displaying "verifying dma data pool")?

I have experienced the same problem(award bios I assume?) after installing a hard disk into an old machine. All I ended up doing to fix the issue was clear the cmos.

If you do clear the cmos I would suggest you be aware that you *may* need to change a setting or two in the bios to be able to boot, though default settings tend to work for the most part.

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July 8, 2009 at 00:30:03
Oh so what you saying that some saved info in CMOS that triggers this DMI Pool Data message. I did reset to BIOS default via BIOS setup menu before but did not seem to work. So I might need to do the hard way by remove the battery then.

If this is the culprit, then I might have overdone on doing the XP install repair which I need to recover next...

I will give it a try see if that fix this problem.

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July 8, 2009 at 01:56:39
When clearing the cmos you should ALWAYS remove the battery and mains power. Give it a minute or so with the jumper shut just to be sure.


I just re-read your post and realized that you reset to defaults inside the bios, something else that could help: Under one of the menu's (pnp configuration?) there is sometimes an option "reset configuration data" setting to "yes" or "enable" (it will reset itselt to no or disable after the first boot) may also help....

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July 8, 2009 at 22:09:14
Too bad Clear CMOS did not fix my problem. I did the reset to default inside BIOS and did also remove the battery from the socket, but nothing changed the fact that the system still hangs at Verifying DMI pool Data.

The next step I would take is copy and replace the files in my system and system32 folder and do the fixmbr and fixboot via repair console and see if I have any luck...

Obviously, the final step will be just re-install XP, dang.

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July 8, 2009 at 22:53:21
Too bad it didn't help, my experience was obviously different.

Sorry I can't be of anymore help. Maybe someone else can shed some light.

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July 9, 2009 at 20:15:47
Even worse. I tried the fixmbr and fixboot commands and then do the bootcfg on C: drive. But the Verifying DMI message stays.

So I finally decided to re-install XP which was what MS tech support suggested me to do. But the frustrated thing was the restart of computer at the mid point of XP installation, did not make the famous Verifying DMI message go away. And yes, the system was again hanging.

Check with the gigabyte support, and their suggestion was go talk to MS people.

I seems like sitting in merry go round cage but in fact I am far from merry at all... dang.

Any one can shed a light on what I can try this time. I am kind of running out of means and directions...

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