Okay, all was dandy and I was able to boot from my XP CD on my new PC... but I noticed that it wasn't recognizing the full capacity of my hard drive (said unpartitioned space was only 130000 MB or so when my drive is a 500 GB, as recognized in the bios). I thought something was up so I powered it down and later just decided to go for it. However, this time, upon booting it up, I can enter my BIOS fine, but after that the computer just hangs on "Verifying DMI Pool Data..." and does nothing else for eternity. It recognizes changes in the BIOS settings (whenever I change something it says "Verifying DMI Pool Data... Update Success" but beyond that it just SITS THERE. I can't even install XP! What the hell is going on?! I even tried failsafe BIOS settings, and I even removed the CMOS battery from the motherboard and put it back in. When the checksum error came up I didn't do anything I just let it run the last good BIOS settings... STILL... HANGS AT VERIFYING DMI POOL DATA I am at my wits end and my blood pressure is sky high at the moment. Thankfully I still have my MacBook but please help me! I do NOT want a very expensive paperweight on my hands.