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Topic # 97849 21-Feb-2012 11:54 Send private message

Hi there.
I brought a second hand Dell Dimension 3000 for my parents to use just for email. Anyway we did a complete fresh install of Windows XP SP3. Problem we have now is that when we go to Start > Shutdown. The computer does its shutdown process and everything turns off. Then 5 seconds it powers up again by itself. Not sure what the problem is. Have tried numerous google searches and fixes but no luck. The only thing that has worked is holding the power button in on the front of the tower for a few seconds and it now stays turned off.

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  Reply # 584450 21-Feb-2012 12:15 Send private message

Jammed power button? Can you unplug the power button internally to test it?

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  Reply # 584465 21-Feb-2012 12:32 Send private message

Check that the BIOS doesn't have the "restart after AC power loss" option turned on. (If it even has such an option).





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  Reply # 588868 1-Mar-2012 14:15 Send private message

stevenz: Check that the BIOS doesn't have the "restart after AC power loss" option turned on. (If it even has such an option).



And, reset bios could not hurt either. 

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  Reply # 588891 1-Mar-2012 14:52 Send private message

Go to the Dell download page for that model and install the chipset driver package.

Drop a link to the download page if you are not sure which one that is.

Could be acpi driver related.

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  Reply # 588910 1-Mar-2012 15:17 Send private message

Also, check for any wake-on events in the BIOS (Like Wake on Lan, Wake on Modem).
Some also have Wake on USB.

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