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Here is my problem: My computer goes through POST just fine, Windows 2000 splash screen comes up and it completes loading the OS, and then right when the screen should switch to the desktop the whole process starts again. At first I thought that the software was just restarting but the whole comp is rebooting. I can hear a click like someone hit the reset button on the front of the comp.

I upgraded my PSU from the 350W that came with the Enermax case to a Seasonic S12 600W with the same results. I thought there might be a problem with the power supply because someone vacuuming in another part of the house blew out the circuit breakers twice in ten minutes. Both times the comp was up and running and shut down unexpectedly. I was able to get the computer running again after the last shut down and used/left the comp on all night with no problems. I rebooted the next day and that is when my problem began.

Any advice you guys have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

System Specs:
Windows 2000 SP2
ASUS P4S8X Motherboard
Pentium 4 2.4GHz (Not Overclocked)
2 x 120GB Maxtor IDE Hard Drives (One for O/S, One for backup)
1 x 300GB Maxtor SATA Drive for Storage
3 x 512 MB Ram from crucial.com
1 x Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800Pro Atlantis AGP Graphics (256MB DDR)
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post #2 of 12
Have a go booting with one stick of ram, and try all 3 sticks to see if any are bad.
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post #3 of 12
Hit f8 during the black screen that the bar goes across the bottom(right before the splash screen), and try to boot into safe mode. If it fails to do so try some of the other options in the f8 menu next time you reboot.
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Welcome to the forums.

Please take a few minutes to enter you full system specs so they will appear in all of your posts. To do so, click on UserCP on the upper left corner of any page and select the appropriate option on the left side of the linked page.

Many rebooting issues are PSU related, so that was a good first step. Even though it didn't fix your problem, it was an upgrade that will serve you well in the future. Prior to the incident with the repeatedly blown circuit breakers, did you have any issues with the system?

If you had no issues in the past, I would suspect some file corruption as a result of the unexpected shut downs. See if you can boot into safe mode (repeatedly hit F8 as Windows starts to boots). From there, you can run diagnostic tools to assess if there was any damage to the file structure.

If you have had intermittent problems in the past, heat could be a culprit. Give your system a good cleaning, paying particular attention to getting as much dust as possible off of the heatsinks (dust essentially insulates heatsinks, dramatically reducing efficiency).
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post #5 of 12
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Thank you so much for the fast response and suggestions. I will try everything you guys said and post later on today to let you know how I made out.
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This is what I have tried so far:

1. Replaced PSU
2. Dusted and cleaned everything including heatsink
3. Tried booting with only the drive with the operating system in case on of the other drives was causing a problem
4. When booting to safe mode and booting to last good configuration the same thing happens as regular boot
5. Swapped out each stick of RAM and booted with one at a time. When I did that the system hung and never finished loading Windows

I am going to swap hard drives with another computer and see where that leads.

So far nothing is working out, anything else that I can try??
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post #7 of 12
It sounds like you have a handle on most of the typical hardware issues (PSU and cooling topping the list). I can think of two other things to try. First, see if Windows 2000 has a "repair install" option similar with Win XP. If it's available in that version, it will repair (kind of self evident from the name, eh?) any corrupted system files. If that's not an option or doesn't help, try a full format and reinstall. You can always try it on a spare drive just to see if you can boot to Windows. If it works, you can back up your files from your current boot drive, and do the full setup on that one.
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When I put this drive in the other computer I get a blue screen that has an error that says 0 x 0000007B INACESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE. When I put the other system's hard drive in my computer it boots fine so it is not the RAM or anything else. I am going to run a repair off my Windows 2000 install disk. If that does not work, is there anything else that I can do or is my only other option do do a fresh install and restore a backup so I don't lose everything?
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It sounds like you're getting down towards the end of your options. Hopefully the repair install will take care of your problems. If you have to do a full reinstall, I suggest using a different drive. That way, you can get your system set up properly and use your current boot drive as a slave. You can move files to your new boot drive at your leisure then format that drive for long term use (mainly to remove remnants of Windows and such that will be unnecessary).
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Ok, I tried booting to the Winows 2000 CD to use the repair option and the CD will not boot. Instead of saying hit any key to boot from CD it says CDBOOT: Couldn't find NTDLR. Then I attached a 60 GB drive to do a full install and use my orig drive as a slave like you suggested. I used Maxblast software to set up the 60 GB drive so I know that the CD drive works because I was able to boot directly to Maxblast. That brings me to the same point, booting from the Win2K disk causes the NTDLR error. My other comp is a Gateway and that Win2k disk does load but recognizes that the system is not a Gateway and will not continue. I thought that maybe the repair option would be available but I wasn't able to get that far. =) Looks like I am up to buying a new OS. If I do need to buy another one I guess I'll upgrade and get XP.
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