I was recently playing around with the BIOS of my motherboard (ASUS PC-DL Deluxe w/ 2 2.2 ghz Xeon processors and 4 1gb sticks of RAM) and I chose to set my BIOS settings to fail-safe mode.
After I saved the changes, the computer restarted but got stuck on the part of the BIOS startup where it lists my processor(s). It got past the POST (short single beep) and got past listing what CPUs I have. Normally, after listing the CPUs my BIOS would tell me how much RAM I have. It never gets to that point... it just waits there forever.
I have tried all the obvious things like making sure my keyboard and mouse are plugged in (I've tried both PS2 and USB peripherals). I'm pretty sure my RAM is fine. I've also plugged in a floppy drive to make sure it wasn't getting caught on that. I've reset the CMOS too. Nothing has worked. It just keeps on getting stuck at the same place. One thing that might mean something to someone smarter than me, as it is booting up, if I press the DEL key (the key to enter BIOS Setup) very rapidly before it gets stuck, it prints the message "Entering setup...", but then gets caught at the same place it always does.