Anyway, the problem is that when I start the computer, everything moves along as it should and the Windows ME screen comes up and then the desktop appears. Once the desktop appears, it stays for 1-3 seconds before the computer automatically reboots. As it starts up again, it runs Scandisk because Windows was improperly shut down and then comes back to the desktop screen and reboots again - and it continues this cycle until I shut the computer off via the power button.
So the background of the computer is that it's a PIII and only about 3.5 yrs old. It came with an OEM version of ME on it but I can't find the disk and I'm not sure if it even came with one. I then upgraded to XP Home and all was fine. However, I started having problems with XP after I downloaded some video conversion software and wanted to switch back to ME since I really only use the computer for browser testing.
Anyway, I borrowed an ME disk, ran fdisk from a ME boot disk, reformatted the hard drive to FAT32 and reinstalled ME. I've done this process a few times with the same results and never receive any errors during install.
Next, I decided to borrow my dad's 98SE disk to try that and see if it worked. Followed the same process of reformatting the hard drive and installing, but the same problem occurred with 98SE.
I'm completely at a loss as to why it's not working, but I'm almost positive it has to be a software problem as the computer has been rarely used. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.