well, it's me again and i got this VERY weird problem just now. well i didn't do anything, i just finished installing windows XP pro on my new computer and everything worked out FINE...until i finished installing the ATI drivers and it prompted me to restart windows so i clicked "OK" then i got this problem. after, it took some time to load (i stared at the screen where it says "Main Processor/ Memory Testing" and all that stuff, that usually only shows for like 2 secs (for some reason, it took a long time to detect the IDE dives), for like a minute, then i see an underline like _ blinking in the upper left hand side of the screen for awhile, which reminded me of the old windows 3.1 days.) then it says all this stuff:
(staring at main processor/ memory testing screen, normally only shown for like 2 secs, for like 1 min)
(pauses and a line is blinking to the top left hand side of the screen)
[a table-like thingy here]
Pri Master Disk HDD S.M.A.R.T. capability . . . . Disabled
[another table-like thingy here]
Verifying DMI Pool Data . . . . . . . . . . .
Boot from CD :
NVIDIA Boot Agent, PXE-2.0 (build 082 V1.82)
Copyright (C) 2001 NVIDIA Corporation
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 04 61 69 99 42 8D GUID: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF
PXE-E53: No boot filename recieved
PXE-M0F: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent.
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
_ (<blinking line for about 10 mins and no further action)
(notice that this time, it doesn't do that whole process over again)
i posted this same msg on other furms earlier, but i couldn't get it solved so hopefully you guys will know
the over guys told me that my HDD IDE cable, power connectors, PSU may be faulty so i went to fry's and used a brand new IDE round cable that costed me 10 bucks. nothing new. same error msg. i don't think it's my PSU problem because i could run windows fine. i also checked that all the cables were properly plugged in and that everything was secure.
some guy later told me to reset my BIOS so i did that and told it to boot from HDD-0 so i did that too. nothing new. same error msg. then, a friend of mine told me to set the CD-ROM as first boot again to see if it recognized the windows cd and could boot from there. i tried that too and it wanted to reinstall windows, which i can't or isn't convient to do.
i aslo read the article on annoyances.org titled "Verifying DMI pool Data" here
. that didn't help much either.
if you can give me help, and at all, it would be greatly appreciated.
oh, and by the way, my pc specs are here:
-AMD Althlon XP 2500+ Barton
-2 sticks of Crucial PC3200 256 mb RAM
-Western Digital 80 gb HDD 8mb cache
-420 watt TurboLink power supply