OK, I seem to have fixed the 1st problem, but still haven't figured out what the second problem is. Maybe the second problem is normal cause on my brother's athlon XP 2100+, it does the same thing, it lags/delays for like 4 or 5 seconds, then loads Windows, but I remember clearly it never did this before. Perhaps this is a normal occurance? I did a search on google regarding the DMI Data pool. It appears that it refers to possibly the hard drive also, or something else... which I still have no idea of.
It doesnt freeze like what you said, it just hangs/delays for 4-5 seconds.