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PC wont boot with fast POST anymore

If I set PC (ECS 845gv-m3) to fast POST it will boot to "verifying DMA pool........." then restart. This problem seemed to begin with installing Vista Ultimate, it has always been fine with fast POST before.

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  • findads Oct 29, 2008

    Even if I set BIOS to failsafe options it still wont post fast. I put in another gig of RAM and soundcard/ vid card. It was happening before this though. I'm sure the problem began when I was trying to install a Powercolor 9600 card (which turned out to be incompatible) and even when I removed card it continued. its as though the bios/Cmos expects a different amount or different type of memory???

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Hi findads,

I'm sorry to hear of your problem. The good news is that I don't think that VISTA Ultimate is responsible for the problem, as at the POST time the OS has not yet launched; the MB is still in control.

My suspicion would be that something else might have changed at the same time. For example, did you change any hardware when you upgraded? I'd also guess that the best chance for solving the problem would be to flash the board's BIOS to its latest version, and to make sure that no other BIOS settings have changed that could be causing the problem.

I hope this information is helpful. If you think it appropriate, I'd appreciate a Fix Ya rating on this solution. Good luck!

Bob

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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    Robert Horton Oct 29, 2008

    Hmm, maybe the video settings in BIOS are wrong (AGP?PCI/PCI Express and multipliers/window size).



    I still think I'd flash teh BIOS to the latest version if you haven't done so, and make sure that somesetting in the BIOS didn't somehow get changed --rogue electron or something :).



    Bob

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