XP boot to black screen verify DMI pool

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/sp2
January 16, 2010 at 08:32:33
Specs: Windows XP
I am having trouble getting my pc to boot up to windows. It was running fine the night before but upon the startup the next day, just goes to a black screen. I can view the BIOS setup just fine and make any changes needed. It seems to be picking up the memory and hard drive correctly. Once the BIOS screen passes, it says verify DMI pool then goes to a black screen and hangs there. I tried to boot from the XP cd to change some boot files and it detected it fine but again went to a black screen instead of the XP cd options. Any ideas on what this might be? Thanks

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January 17, 2010 at 12:41:11
Your running an XP SP2 cd on an old machine which is not supported. You need to either get an Old Windows XP SP1 disk or install Windows 2000 then upgrade using your Windows XP SP2. Better yet upgrade your motherboard so that it has a newer bus.

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January 17, 2010 at 13:49:05
Try disconnecting any external hardware like printers, scanners, etc. Also remove all non critical add in cards. If still no go try disconnecting all the drives and see what error you get then.
Google for DMI pool. You will get many hits.

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January 17, 2010 at 14:29:12
I agree with omega it sounds like a possible mother board problem, but most times setup should be inaccessible too. What are your PC specs aside from the OS or Windows.

As I understand is you don't won't to install windows you need to recover the one you already have or had on your computer and if it ran XP yesterday then why is it not working now.

Have you tried booting in safe mode, or one the other XP boot options, when booting up with out the cd press F8 right after the setup finishes Press F8 and make sure the XP cd isn't in your drive, that will get you to the XP boot options screen on older mother boards newer ones have a F12 boot options menu or something like that. There should also be an option to load you most recent settings that worked try that one first then if it fails try safe mode then sometimes a video driver conflict can cause windows XP not to load so try the enable VGA mode option if the others fail then if that works and windows boots look in your windows system devices and see if there is more than one video device installed like a add on card and a on board video device. If so remove one of them most likely the on board device and then restart windows in normal mode.

However if your key board locks up at the boot options screen and doesn't let you select anything that is another sign of mother board failure. That is if you know there is nothing wrong with your keyboard..


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