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PC reboots every time I reformat my hard drive

by aldwin tan / June 15, 2007 5:53 PM PDT

Please help!
Recently my pc was infected with virus and I've decided to reformat my hard drive. I put in my XP cd and tried to make a clean format, after all the usual running process and keying in the XPkey, and when the formatting process is to restart, my pc will continuosly reboot after the POST and I cannot continue to reformat the HD.I have to switch off the pc and wait for a few minutes and try again and again the process repeats. WHY???
My pc is a clone. The specs are MSI PM8M-V-P4M800 motherboard, 1GH Apacer SDRam(2 x 512), 40GH AT Maxtor D740X-6L HDD, ASUS V375 Graphic accelerator card, a cd rom drive and a BENQ DVD combo drive. Recently changed a 450Watt power supply.
Thank you.

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Be sure to unplug...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 9:48 PM PDT

Unplug devices that XP can't support after a clean install. USB devices won't work and in fact can cause the machine to reboot after a clean install.


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PC reboot problem
by aldwin tan / June 17, 2007 9:02 PM PDT

Hi Bob! Thank you for ur assistance,
Yesterday, I decided to remove my HDD and plug into another pc and I manage to complete my reformatting. Do u think my pc hardware may be faulty? (Btw, sorry, I forgot to mention my processor. Its an Intel Celeron 1.7GH)

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Or your install technique is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2007 9:54 PM PDT
In reply to: PC reboot problem

Flawed. I noted to unplug USB devices but you may have some card or such that I don't know about...


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Hardware with pc
by aldwin tan / June 18, 2007 3:22 PM PDT

I have 3 USB items attached to my pc. 1) A bluetooth(Billionton) tongle for my mobile, 2) Another USB (Level One)wireless tongle for internet connection, and 3) to my printer.
I have unplugged all these items, earlier, but still the pc kept rebooting.
I do not have any other card installed other than my ASUS VGA card (AGP type). I do not have a network card other than what is build-in.

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Just noting these USB items have to be removed during instal
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 19, 2007 9:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Hardware with pc

If you don't like that, call 1-800-RED-MOND.


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by aldwin tan / June 20, 2007 3:51 AM PDT

Thank you

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