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Old 2009-03-18, 05:34   Link #1
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USB problem,help?

i'm not good with computer terminology, so sorry in advance.

when i plug smth in the usb of my computer, it reboots instantly.
can anyone pls explain this?
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Old 2009-03-18, 11:20   Link #2
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It must be a driver problem with the computer since your computer restarts (meaning you got a Blue Screen of Death, since XP or later restart instantly after bluescreening) when inserting a USB device.

I suggest trying to get updated drivers for that device or try plugging it in a different computer to make sure its not a hardware problem.
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Old 2009-03-18, 12:35   Link #3
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mmm...are there drivers for external hard drives? and wachamacalit, that thing that has 4-8 gigs of memory?
and i forgot to mention, sometimes it doesnt restart. so that really makes me wonder...
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Old 2009-03-18, 23:29   Link #4
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There's no problem if you're using XP and Vista because they can easily recognize USB storage devices (flash disks, external HDD casings, etc.), but if you're using an older operating system (Windows 98, Me) you'll really have to install a driver for such storage devices.

Now let's see... what type and model is your USB device (the one that's causing the reboot)? If you can determine its identity, then you can find the drivers for your device (just don't go to those idiot driver-pimping websites asking you to register first before downloading drivers).

Other problems include a defective cable (connected between your external storage device and computer).
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Old 2009-03-19, 06:06   Link #5
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Thanks, everyone! i'll try and see what i can do based on your advice.
EDIT
I have XP.
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Old 2009-03-19, 06:10   Link #6
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I think it's an autorun problem, a grave one. try to access the usb drive by using Vista's recovery disc... so that you can see what's going on. try to find an autorun script that's usually at root (x:\) where x is your flash drive's letter assignment....
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Old 2009-03-19, 12:57   Link #7
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If that file AUTORUN.INF (can be either in full sight or hidden) is present in the root directory of your drive, it is a culprit usually associated with an autorun viral infection -- AUTORUN.INF, when executed either by plugging in or by double-clicking on a drive, will kick in the virus/trojan.
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Old 2009-03-19, 13:01   Link #8
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Turning off Autorun should help prevent the trojan/viruses to run and prevent others in the future.

Guide to turning off Autorun: http://www.sbslinks.com/967715.htm (Requires modification of registry)

After you disable autorun, remove Autorun.inf and do a virus scan on your USB drive.
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Old 2009-03-20, 17:47   Link #9
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mmm...are there drivers for external hard drives? and wachamacalit, that thing that has 4-8 gigs of memory?
I'm guessing memory card or USB flash drive?

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and i forgot to mention, sometimes it doesnt restart. so that really makes me wonder...
sounds very much like a hardware problem. Probably related to instant rebooting. In the BIOS is there an option for something like System Error or SERR or NMI or PERR?
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Old 2009-03-20, 23:57   Link #10
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No blue screens? I'm pretty sure this will trigger one.

Try disabling it and making your computer dead again, and tell us what it says. I'm going to bet IRL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL:
Spoiler for Try doing this!:
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Old 2009-03-21, 11:27   Link #11
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Claies

FUCK YEAH! It works. Thanks alot!

Unfortunately, i didnt get to try out the rest of the suggestions, but thanks anyway.
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Old 2009-03-21, 11:37   Link #12
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Wait...now I'm confused. My suggestion is supposed to tell us what's wrong, not fix it.
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Old 2009-03-21, 12:14   Link #13
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why? look at №5. i thoght that meant that it wont restart anymore, and it doesnt.
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Old 2009-03-21, 14:36   Link #14
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why? look at №5. i thoght that meant that it wont restart anymore, and it doesnt.
Well...if something in Windows goes horribly wrong, Windows would tell you what's wrong with a blue screen of information (Blue Screen of Death). If #5 there is checked, it reboots right after that screen is displayed (too fast for you to read it), so I told you to uncheck it so it won't reboot and would freeze right there, and then you can read that information to us. Either way, the fact that the Blue Screen of Death occurred is something you'd want to fix.

So I'm at a loss as to how that solves your USB problem...since it's a diagnostic tool, not some sort of fix. I expected you to come back with "so here's what it says," not "Fuck yeah, that fixed it! Thanks!"
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guess i was too hasty. today it restarted again, and the blue screen didnt appear.
but i poked in the flash drive like 10 times before that.
the funny thing, when it does restart, it only takes a touch. i dont have to shove the thing completely in.
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Old 2009-03-21, 17:53   Link #16
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I would start looking elsewhere. The worst case scenario here is a couple messed up circuits in your motherboard.

Please give us as many specs of your PC as you can. We're most interested in the model of your motherboard, CPU, power supply, and possibly video card.

1) Did the CPU fan spin up a lot before it rebooted? This can be a sign that your CPU is overheating - rebooting is a last ditch effort by the computer to save itself in this situation.

2) Does it happen with any USB item you plug in? Does it happen with USB printers, scanners, mice, keyboards, and even lamps?
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Old 2009-03-22, 10:51   Link #17
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motherboard - M2A-MX (the graphics card is integrated)
power supply - 350 watt

1) it didnt sound any different...
2) i tried ext. hard drives and usb flash frives, also a mouse.

if this is a hardware problem, then i cant do much by myself i guess...
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did you just say 350 Watts? then tell us what your complete spec is...
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did you just say 350 Watts? then tell us what your complete spec is...
i actually dont know cause i didnt buy seperate parts, the computer was already assembled. and there are no booklets except for the motherboard.
or are you asking about the general specs of the PC, like RAM, processor frequency, hard drive capacity and the like?
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Old 2009-03-22, 17:33   Link #20
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Actually, I have one more question. After you plug the USB in, and it reboots, does it read and use whatever you've plugged in correctly? Can it access the flash drive?
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