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Strange boot up problems Win XP

By richard.bansa ·
Hi all,

All my boot up problems started a few days ago when I left a non-bootup disk in my a: drive by mistake and started the PC. I run a dual boot system: Win 98 SE & Win XP home, and when I tried starting the PC I get hung at the "Verifying DMI pool..." message. I was able to go into the Win XP recovery console, I ran FIXBOOT for both my C and D (XP) drives, I then ran FIXMBR, and BOOTCFG /Default and added the default OS (Win XP). I was still having problems starting up so I reinstalled both Win XP and Win 98 over the existing installations. I even deleted the BOOT.INI file and built a new one. I was finally able to get to my OS startup menu and I was able to login to my system. What followed was the bizzare part, I was able to restart the system several times with no problems, I was also able to shut the system down for a few minutes and reboot with no problem. However, the minute I leave the system off for more than five minutes or so, I go back into startup ****, and I have to fiddle with FIXBOOT, FIXMBR, and BOOTCFG to get back into either XP or Win98. I have now tested this several times and whenever I am logged on to one of the Operating Systems, I can reboot, and shutdown and start the machine with no problem as much as I want, as long as the period that the machine is off is no longer than about 5 minutes, any longer and the issues return. I thought it might be a motherboard battery problem, however, my settings in the BIOS seem to be holding they don't revert to the default - which is what I would expect to happen if it was a battery problem. Long story short, I don't know what to do at this point. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!!

Homebuilt rig
ASUS AS8 Motherboard
2 hard drives 40 & 80 gigs (western digital)
2 PC3200 500MB Sticks of RAM (kingston)

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Technical question

by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to Strange boot up problems ...

You would have a better chance of getting your problem solved if you posted it to the Technical Q&A section. Thanks!

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As per Info-Safety ...

by deepsand In reply to Strange boot up problems ...

This is a tech. problem, in search of a solution.

It properly belongs in "Technical Q&A," not in "Discussions." There you will be more likely to get the attention of those seeking questions that they might answer.

You should re-post there..

Thank you..

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