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Ext User(Arthur Shapiro)
05-10-2011, 08:35 AM
Here's a bit of a weird issue that perhaps someone might have experienced and
solved. If not, no harm in asking.

The machine in question was built on an EPOX 8RDA+ with AMD 2500 chip. The
board was replaced (post-warranty - kudos to Epox) due to the usual bulging
capacitor failure. To celebrate, the replacement board was put into a
Thermalrock Eclipse case in place of the old generic previous case.

Unlike the original 8RDA+ board, whenever this guy is shut down (Windows XP
Pro) it immediately restarts. I know to wait for it to shut down, and when
the case lights up a second later I just kill the power on the UPS. No harm,
but a bit irritating. I'd played at length with appropriate BIOS settings
without affecting things.

This week I unplugged the CD drive on the primary slave IDE channel, so as to
use that connection to try and help a friend whose disk drive had died due to
some sort of SMART failure. (BTW, I've failed miserably - any tricks out
there?) That channel was connected to a Lite-On CDRW unit. And I noticed
that for the several days I had the Lite-On disconnected, the unit would stay
powered down when told to power down! I reconnected the CDRW and the problem
once again recurs 100% of the time. I'd restarted the machine enough times
to be reasonably convinced that there's a cause and effect relationship here.

Obvious question: does this sort of issue ring a bell with anyone? Is there
some sort of IDE configuration widget I can diddle in the BIOS to make my
machine stay down when told to power down?

Art

Ext User(Mike T.)
05-10-2011, 08:35 AM
"Arthur Shapiro" <art.shapiro@unisys.com> wrote in message
news:edselm$e51$1@si05.rsvl.unisys.com...
> Here's a bit of a weird issue that perhaps someone might have experienced
> and
> solved. If not, no harm in asking.
>
> The machine in question was built on an EPOX 8RDA+ with AMD 2500 chip.
> The
> board was replaced (post-warranty - kudos to Epox) due to the usual
> bulging
> capacitor failure. To celebrate, the replacement board was put into a
> Thermalrock Eclipse case in place of the old generic previous case.
>
> Unlike the original 8RDA+ board, whenever this guy is shut down (Windows
> XP
> Pro) it immediately restarts. I know to wait for it to shut down, and
> when
> the case lights up a second later I just kill the power on the UPS. No
> harm,
> but a bit irritating. I'd played at length with appropriate BIOS settings
> without affecting things.
>
> This week I unplugged the CD drive on the primary slave IDE channel, so as
> to
> use that connection to try and help a friend whose disk drive had died due
> to
> some sort of SMART failure. (BTW, I've failed miserably - any tricks out
> there?) That channel was connected to a Lite-On CDRW unit. And I noticed
> that for the several days I had the Lite-On disconnected, the unit would
> stay
> powered down when told to power down! I reconnected the CDRW and the
> problem
> once again recurs 100% of the time. I'd restarted the machine enough
> times
> to be reasonably convinced that there's a cause and effect relationship
> here.
>
> Obvious question: does this sort of issue ring a bell with anyone? Is
> there
> some sort of IDE configuration widget I can diddle in the BIOS to make my
> machine stay down when told to power down?
>
> Art

That sounds like a well-known issue with Roxio CDRW software. It's odd that
the problem would pop up when the motherboard is replaced, though. If you
are running Roxio software, try updating it with the latest version
downloaded from Roxio. If that doesn't work, try uninstalling all Roxio
software (temporarily) to see if the problem goes away.

As a last resort, you can force the computer NOT to restart on system
errors. That should help you locate the problem.

Right-click my computer, properties, advanced, startup recovery, settings,
system failure, uncheck automatically restart -Dave

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