I tried re-installing Windows but have never been able to complete the reinstall because the power shuts off, and then recycles. More specifically, as soon as the PC boots from the reinstall CD, it begins by saying "Setup is being restarted." Then, it goes to the screen where it has a column on the left side, with the following: "Collecting Information"; "Dynamic Update"; "Preparing installation"--which are already checked with a green dot. The unchecked categories on the left column are "Installing Windows" and "Finalizing Installation". These last 2 categories never have a green dot. Also, it begins this cycle by stating that Setup will complete in approximately 39 minutes. I get to the point where it says it is "completing installation", at 25 minutes left, power turns off and the computer reboots on its own--every time exactly at this point.
Since I tried re-installing Windows, the PC will always ask for the the reinstall CD, and I do not ever get the blue screen which says "Welcome to Setup" although I probably got that message the first time.
Before I tried reinstalling Windows, I could never get past the Gateway screen which gives you the option of going to BIOS (F2) or boot menu (F10) (unless I took one of those options, then it would take me there and did not shut down on its own); otherwise, it would take less than a minute before the computer would shut down and re-boot.
However, now that I am "stuck" (since it now always asks for the CD) in the Windows reinstall process, the reinstall will continue for about 15 minutes, then shut down and re-boot when there is 25 minutes left to reinstalling Windows--always at the exact same spot.
I cannot get to XP repair because I cannot install Windows completely and I do not know how else to get to that feature.
Another tech website suggested that I try unplugging all of my USB devices (at the same time) "since they
are notorious for causing problems. Also unplug anything hooked to your parallel and serial ports." The only connections I had left to the PC were the keyboard, mouse and monitor. No success.
A tech from that same website also suggested: "Try unplugging your PCI devices one by one. If you have a spare video card try swapping it out." I have not tried this yet. Does anyone agree with this approach?
I do not think it is an overheating issue (I may be wrong, of course) since the fan seems to be working ok, and this does not seem to make sense that in one instance the power would shut down in less than a minute, and then in another (reinstall), it shuts down after 15 minutes. Someone suggested it might be a memory problem, but I do not download movies and I am not a "gamer." Besides, I am not sure how to check this.
I am getting tired of not being able to resolve this problem on my own (of course with your help), and I am on the verge of giving up and buying a new computer (or taking it to a epair shop). Your help in trying to solve this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.