Trial & Error loading!

By Ryanxxl ยท 10 replies
Jan 17, 2008
  1. Hi Everyone!!

    My system Features:

    Operating System = Windows 98 second Edition

    Sd-Ram = 320 mb
    (Note: I one month ago, I had only 128mb as memory and I added 2 memory stick, one 64mb & the other 128mb.)

    Processor = Intel pentium 801 mhz

    Graphic card = Sis 305

    Antivirus = AVG 7.5 professional

    During the last days, I got quite a weird problem.

    When I switch on my pc, it switch off on its own BEFORE the following is

    "Verifying DMI pool data..."

    I had to start my pc several times before "Verifying DMI pool data..." is
    displayed and windows 98 to load.

    Does anyone has an idea about how to fix it?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Can you start in Safe mode ?

    This does resemble a ram issue though; better to remove all suspect ram (the new ram) and test again.


    You can try memtest, to test the ram (if you bios supports Cdrom as first bootable device)

    Tutorial: How to use Memtest
  3. Ryanxxl

    Ryanxxl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Hi Everyone!

    Well, I have been doing all the memory test possible but the problem remains!

    I can't go in safe mode neither!

    From my observation, When I switch on my pc, it switch off on its own either:

    1. immediately after I switch on or

    2.Just Before "Verifying DMI pool data..." appears.

    Please, HELP!!!

    I'm afraid that one morning when I'm unable to get access to my HD, and this will be a drama!!
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

  5. Ryanxxl

    Ryanxxl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Hi SNGX1275 !

    I have just tried to clear my CMOS but the problems remains.

    The fact is that in my case, my PC switch off BEFORE "Verifying DMI pool data..." appears and not after!!

    Any other idea?
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,169   +987

    First, remove the NEW stick and try again -- make sure thinks are running.

    Second, it's far more common to match memory sizes. Also are you sure both
    have the same clock ratings. The new one can be faster but never slower.
  7. Ryanxxl

    Ryanxxl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Hi jobeard!

    I have remove the new sticks, try each separately in different slot, I have tried all possible combination but in vain..

    The clock speed of the 3 sticks are the same, being PC 133...

    Please, any more suggestions..
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    CPU not seated correctly with thermal paste (thin layer only)
    Heatsink and Fan not mounted or fan not working properly

    Power Supply (If the ram test returned zero errors)

    Case fan (just unplug it temporarily)

    Cdrom faulty (just unplug it temporarily)

    Motherboard: you may need to bench test, that is, remove the motherboard fully from case, and test externally (after inspection, ie caps should Not be domed)

    Windows 98 re-install

    There's some!
  9. Ryanxxl

    Ryanxxl TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    hi everyone.

    Thanks you for all your advice kimsland but in vain...

    Let me restate the problem

    From my observation, booting takes place AFTER the "Verifying dmi pool data" appears. In my case, the "Verifying dmi pool data" DOESN'T APPEARS. So, it is impossible to boot from any drive, be it floopy or hd.

    It happens every morning when I switch on. First, it switch off immediately after I switch on, without leaving the time for bios to appears.

    After doing this for a couple of times, it start loading and shut down before the Verifying dmi pool data".

    It boots finally after I start my Pc for 5-10 more times. So, actually, it DOESN'T freeze AT "Verifying dmi pool data"" but BEFORE Verifying dmi pool data"" appears.

    Any other ideas, Plz??
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    A faulty Hard Drive can do this.

    If you have another drive, please try that (installing Windows on it too)
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,169   +987

    MS KB Says
    elsewhere I read
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