I know, a pretty regularly posted problem online and one I've fixed on computers in the past. The issue this time is I've tried every fix I can find in forums and nothing is working so I figured I'd see if anyone had any tricks I haven't tried.
Situation: Attempted a BIOS upgrade from the mobo manufacturer's website. Correct bios, proper upgrade procedure. Got an error half way through stating that the motherboard was not set to allow bios upgrade so I backed out. Now it's stuck at the Verifying DMI Pool Data step.
My only conclusion is that Acer has somehow locked down the ability to upgrade to any BIOS version that is not approved by them. Now that it's stuck at this step I can't even return to computer to the previous saved BIOS.
Hardware: Acer Aspire AST180-EA381M w/Foxconn MCP61SM-AM motherboard. AMD Athlon 3800+, 2GB RAM, 250GB sata hard drive.
Things I've tried: Pulled power and cmos battery and let sit over night. Reset bios using motherboard jumper. Reset BIOS back to factory defaults. Pulled everything except RAM, and tried to boot. Pulled a reseated RAM. Forced PCI settings in BIOS to redetect.
Set hard drive to none, saved, restarted, then redetected.
Can't try using any sort of recovery cd or any Acer BIOS utility because the boot device step, i.e. booting from cd-rom, happens after the DMI verification step.
Next thing I'm going to try is to pull the sata hard drive and temporarily replace with an IDE drive to see if I can get past the DMI step.
Does anyone have any tricks that I'm not aware of to force the BIOS past this step to continue to boot. I'm not a beginning user, I do this stuff for a living, so no need to go 'non-geek speak' on me.