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By mnedil ·
I installed windows xp professional on a maxtor harddrive. The drive is installed alone on first IDE. On the second IDE I have a msi cd-rw as master and cd-rom drive as slave. When I shutdown, the computer shutsdown but immediately the lights come on in the cd drives and the computer reboots and reloads windows xp again. What is the problem? How can I resolve this? Help. Thanks. MMN

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by Oz_Media In reply to computer keeps rebooting

Look in your power management and BIOS for a swith to restart on shutdown. Your computer may not e set to power off when shut down.

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by wcp In reply to computer keeps rebooting

There might be a system failure and the default setting in Windows XP is to restart Windows.
If this is the case, you need to disable the feature so Windows can display the error screen (or BSO Blue Screen of Death) instead of restarting.

Navigate to My Computer (right click) | Properties | Advanced | Startup and Recovery Settings and uncheck the box of ?Automatically Restart?.
Restart and Shut down the computer. There will be a blue screen with error message. Please post key words, like ?IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL?, ?KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED? if you see them. There may be a file name associated with. Post that one too so we can help you to troubleshoot.

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by sue.ritter In reply to computer keeps rebooting

I don't know if this would be your problem but I know I have had this problem before when I had bad RAM in a machine. Once I switched that out the machine worked fine. Might be something to try.

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by cglrcng In reply to computer keeps rebooting

Check for Blaster Worm.

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