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    My PC insists on rebooting

    Hey guys. So I'm running XP Home ed. at the moment, and when I shut down, my computer insists on immediately starting back up again. I have an M2-atx power supply, but i think i may have fried something on it rendering the accessory line useless, so it's just set to "normal power supply mode" or whatever. In the "power" settings in XP, the power button is set to "turn off", as opposed to restart, stand by, or hibernate. One more thing: when i tried to enable hibernation, it kind of almost gets to the "preparing to hibernate" screen, shuts off, then reboots with the famous "Windows has recovered from a serious error" message. I'm kind of clueless at this point, so help would be greatly appreciated

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    I'm pretty sure my TV card or some PCI card I have was making mine do this, as when I went through the BIOS, found something about allowing the computer to boot up via a PCI signal (my TV card allows the computer to be turned on by using the remote control that came with it) and disabled it, it went back to normal. Mine just started randomly doing it one day, it was ****ing me off, didn't know what the hell was going on. Do you have any PCI or add on cards at all? Try looking through BIOS settings for booting on PCI or LAN or something. Fixed my problem

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    Three things...1, set your BIOS to "Off" on loss of AC power...I think this is even stated in the M2 manual.
    2, sounds like the timing on the M2 isn't giving the PC enough time to shutdown before it goes "Hard Off"...again, check the manual and your jumpers on the M2.
    3, check to make sure you have the polarity correct on the ATX Power On pins...I think it matters with the M2

    If that doesn't work, RMA the M2, sell it and get an OPUS

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    Quote Originally Posted by WuNgUn View Post
    Three things...1, set your BIOS to "Off" on loss of AC power...I think this is even stated in the M2 manual.
    2, sounds like the timing on the M2 isn't giving the PC enough time to shutdown before it goes "Hard Off"...again, check the manual and your jumpers on the M2.
    3, check to make sure you have the polarity correct on the ATX Power On pins...I think it matters with the M2

    If that doesn't work, RMA the M2, sell it and get an OPUS
    I actually don't even have the M2 hooked up to the power switch - i just have a button in my dash wired to the PC (although everything is on my workbench at the moment). I'll do some messing around in the BIOS and see if I can get anything to work.

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    Okay, the M2 isn't hooked up to your switch, BUT the M2 could be cycling off, in which case, your BIOS thinks there was AC power loss...
    Double check that option in your BIOS...

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    Okay - checked the BIOS. It's set to "stay off on power loss" and I couldn't find anything regarding PCI/LAN wake-ups. Apparently the aux switch on my PSU is working now, so i have the jumpers set to 5sec/45sec HARDOFF. I plug the aux wire in, starts up, everything is fine and dandy. I unplug the wire, the pc fully shuts down 5sec later, reboots, then after 45sec, the M2 cuts power and everything shuts down in the middle of booting and stays off. I suppose this could work, it'd just really be annoying and my hard drive would probably become corrupt after a few days or so.

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    Hey there,

    I have been using the M2-ATX for a few months now with out any dramas, I have the M2 being powered up as normal and think i have it set to do a cold shutdown after about 30 seconds of the power being cut. This gives windows enough time to normally shutdown and power off safely, if not at least close the software and anything being accessed is safe.

    The bios itself is set to power on after power failure as in any event when the M2 is turned back on it will power up the PC.

    This has been running daily in and out every time and works fine without any issues at all. The mainboard is connected to the M2 using the two pin power cable.

    The M2 allows the power to be completely cut to pc after a set time, I suggest this as you know its safe no matter what after how ever long. Just make sure windows is set to know reset on a BSOD/crash and has nothing extra running in the back ground. Also turn of the wake up on LAN as this can be triggered even when not connected along with as advised above the PCI activity.
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    Okay i figured it out. It turns out it was an setting within XP that i had to change: System Properties > Advanced > Startup and Recovery > uncheck Automatically Restart.

    Okay, so this did indeed fix the problem, but it just introduced a new one: i get a BSOD right at the end of the shut-down sequence. It says: DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE, or something very similar to that. Ideas?

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    the error "DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE" related for a driver not being able to handle the power supply unit properly or is one of the more common faults.

    So i would think this might actually have something todo with your psu as this shouldnt occur with the rebooting. I would suggest first of all updating your ChipSet drivers for your motherboard. But while your at it, Redo the video/sound/ and everything else you can as they can bring one another down. Any driver can cause this issue... So best to cover all grounds but i would suspect the chipset first as its your mainboard and the central driver.

    Another thing would be disconnect all not required items like usb and network and so forth and see if any results from this?
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    Ugh - that sounds fun. It's worked before though, and nothing has really changed (save a new lilliput to replace the one that got stolen...that's a whole 'nother story). I'll check out that chipset thing though. Thanks for the help

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