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This PC powers on just fine, and I did the initial Windows setup with no problems, but after the "Loading Windows 2000" screen, the computer restarts on its own.
I thought it might be a hard drive problem, so I tried another hard drive, and the same thing happened.
Just for good measure, I switched the RAM, and it's still restarting on its own.
Any ideas as to what it might be?
If its the former, your installation is corrupted or the HDD is dying. If its the latter, you probably have bad hardware in your machine.
Its probably probing for some device in your system, and since that device is now bad, it reboots. Remove pieces of your computer one-by-one and replace them with spares (including cables) until it goes away.
Then buy a new whatever-it-is.
It's not the cdrom since you are booting into the cd rom. It could be a misconfigured jumper setting on a harddrive, check company site for specs. Could be the hardrive, don't guess, download a harddrive testing utility from company website, they all make them for testing, goes on a floppy, boot into floppy, run full, complete test.
Could be a bios problem too.
The box is an older IBM NetVista. I tried the RAM that was actually IN the computer when I got my hands on it, and I also tried a Mushkin stick (which is far from "Bob's Discount" RAM). The same thing happens.
I also removed the CD drive, but again, the problem persists.
Could be the BIOS, but I looked everywhere on this case, but can't find a model number anywhere. :(
EDIT : I also fdisk'ed the master boot record, and still the same problem.
Your processor could possibly be overheating, automatic system shutdown, depends on age of motherboard, newer ones have this feature, older ones don't. Boot off a floppy or any other bootable disk and leave computer on long enough for processor to overheat. If it does you founnd the problem.
Do the obvious, check the install cd for scratches etc. Make sure there is no gunk in the cdrom drive itself that might be blocking the laser [unlikely, but you never know].
Take the whole machine to a different outlet and plug it in there, you never know, sometimes an outlet is bad.