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This is probably a little off topic as it has nothing to do with overclocking, but I got a great response to a question last night and I really need to solve this problem so I thought I'd check with you guys.

My computer won't boot into Windows. It starts, shows the startup screen, then shows some diagnostics, prints "Verifying DMI Pool Data" and "Backup CMOS OK!" and then goes right back to the startup screen and repeats ad infinitum.

This happened after I opened my case last night to look at something. I did two things while the case was open: reconnect a fan that had come unconnected, and move my DVD drive to a lower slot so that the cord didn't stretch quite as much (this was what had pulled the fan's power connecter out). After I restarted the computer, the above problem started happening.

I assumed I had dislodged a power connector or something, so I've gone over all the connectors, disconnecting and reconnecting them, and the problem still repeats. One interesting thing is sometimes it lasts only to the "Verifying DMI Pool Data" dialogue, and others it goes as far as "Backup CMOS OK!" so it's not exactly the same every time. This led me to believe it might be a heat issue or something, but all fans are running properly...

Has anyone heard of symptoms like this before?
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post #2 of 3
1. try clearing the BIOS. There is either a jumper where you switch the connector from pins 1-2 to 2-3 and then back OR you can remove the watch battery for a few minutes.

2. Might be a glitch with the DVD drive. Try unplugging it and booting, if you get to the desktop, your DVD is to blame.

3.Are your slave and master settings right?
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8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 Samsung 830 SSD  LG Corsair H50 
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Thanks for the thoughts.

1. Cleared BIOS successfully. Problem recurs.

2. DVD Drive unplugged. Problem recurs.

3. I only have one hard drive partition, so no master and slave settings. After having cleared BIOS, everything is at defaults (the only things I had changed were removing my A drive and changing the boot order anyway, I've never messed with master and slave.

~sigh~ Any other thoughts?
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Opteron 165 DFI Lanparty nF4 Ultra-D XP x64 Dell 2005 FPW 
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Logitech G15 Antec TruePower 2.0 550W Antec P180 Logitech G7 
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Logitech G15 Antec TruePower 2.0 550W Antec P180 Logitech G7 
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