So I've encountered this strange problem. I was connecting an external USB drive to my computer, it's a drive I've used hundreds of times before. When I connected it to the computer, the system crashed. When I went to restart the computer the system would show my emachines splash page, then shut down, restart, show the splash page the shut down...again and again.
I've tried restarting in Safe Mode. I get to the screen giving me my startup choices, select one, then get the same rebooting cycle over and over.
The computer is an emaichines with and AMD Athlon XP 3000+ processor. The OS is Windows XP.
yikes. When you say you have used that external hard drive hundreds of times do you mean on that machine or another machine? Usually the rebooting cycle is cause by virus activity, but if it happened right when you plugged in the device..hmmm..that external was clean of viri? Easy way to fix this problem though is to simply run a "repair" on your OS by booting from the Windows XP CD.