Last night after resolving a hijacked hosts file issue on my Vista desktop, I got a bluescreen (that I couldn't catch the details of) and my machine rebooted. Recently I've been having "Display driver stopped responding..." errors (question) that may or may not be related to the current issue. When my machine starts up, it posts up to the "Verifying DMI pool data" section, where it hangs. What I'm trying to do is rule out what hardware is not causing the problem.
I can boot to my Vista install DVD, and navigate around in there. I ran the Windows repair utility, which reports nothing wrong. Being able to get to this point, can I safely assume that there are no issues with my motherboard, memory, hard drive, power supply, and video card? I'm thinking/hoping that this is either a BIOS or Windows issue and not hardware-related. Thanks.