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Computer Wont Boot?! Building DMI Pool

by elarod / June 28, 2006 7:41 AM PDT

Ok So I had a recent problem with my computer and it crashed.I can no longer boot it.It stops at Building DMI Pool. I've tried changing various bios settings, Various different ide cables.Two Different os.I'm trying to run winxp but tried running 98 through a boot disk and wont even let me boot it.I tried changing the boot order to no avail.I'm very confused to what I could do more to fix it.So Any help would be appreciated.Thanks

Windows XP and/or 98
700mhz Intel Pentium III
256 Ram
Only my main hd installed at the moment because I'm testing it so no video cards and such Happy

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The usual is a dead hard disk. Try it
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2006 7:45 AM PDT

Without the hard disk connected. See if the CD or diskette boots.


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Computer Wont Boot?! Building DMI Pool
by elarod / June 28, 2006 8:02 AM PDT

Well I tried a hd that works on my other pc.With the same results.So dead hd is ruled out.Tried booting without the drive in with a floppy and no avail.This is why I'm even confused lol...Any more insight would be great Happy

btw:It still detects my hd so it's not broken.I'd think the boot sector would be damaged if my win98 hd didn't do the same thing.

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Then try it without any drive except the floppy and...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2006 8:05 AM PDT

Reset the BIOS with the jumper too.

If this fails, swap out the motherboard.

Many won't follow the directions to sniff out the hard disk or IDE cables. I can't tell if you will follow directions. If not, I'll have to just wish you the best of luck.


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Sorry if I sounded ungrateful?
by elarod / June 28, 2006 8:11 AM PDT

Wow sounds like I pissed you off somehow?.Sorry in any case but I did what you said.I tried resetting the cmos through taing the battery out and resetting the jumpers.Also, I will try to use a spare mobo I have around my room and post when I'm done.Sorry if I pissed you off or if others do when you try to help them Happy

btw:Thans for your input I'll post here again when I'm, done ^_^

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I'd like to read exactly what you tried.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 28, 2006 9:38 AM PDT

I'm not there to watch or try what I usually do to sniff this out. It does not help when members write "it can't be that" since they've shut off a possibility.

Again, please try it with just a boot diskette, reset BIOS and no IDE cables.

If we can't boot a DOS diskette then what's left is possibly bad.

What more can we remove.

-> As to me, I'm pushing to see if we can find the issue. If you want to, I'll keep trying.


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