reboot with ctrl alt delete

August 12, 2005 at 06:24:03
Specs: Win XP, cel D 2.8 512MB

Whenever I try to restart with ctrl alt delete the computer resets but does not boot: no bios post or OS boot, the fan is on, the power light is on, the hard drive light stays on. It will not respond to anything except the reset button.
If I reboot using the reset button it reboots fine, but not with ctrl alt delete even from DOS and the BIOS setup.
This is a newly built computer:
Celeron D 2.8GHz
512MB
80GB ExelStor HD
CDRW/DVD Rosewill
128MB Volari AGP VGA


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#1
August 12, 2005 at 11:48:36

Try booting with a DOS based bootdisk and then ctrl-alt-del to reboot. If it works, there's no problem. Remember, the old "3 finger salute" for rebooting stopped with DOS based OS's. In NT based OS's all that does is bring up the Task Manager.....even if you try it from a command prompt window (that's not a DOS window either...even tho it gives you the old DOS type prompt and environment). You're still inside Windows in that case so the above comes into play and you end up invoking task manager.

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#2
August 12, 2005 at 11:49:46

I forgot to add....the proper way to reboot when inside Windows is to go to Start >> Shutdown and reboot from there.

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#3
August 12, 2005 at 13:59:40

I'm trying it from the DOS prompt and it doesn't work.
It also doesn't reboot when in the BIOS setup.
It only reboots using the reset button or from within Windows.

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#4
August 12, 2005 at 14:37:39

If you're running Win XP (as your signature above indicates), then, as Curt R pointed out, you are not really in DOS ... it's just a shell that looks like DOS. When you do a Ctrl-Alt-Del, you should get a box with a bunch of buttons including Task Manager. Is that what comes up when you Ctrl-Alt-Del?

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#5
August 13, 2005 at 18:45:10

This has nothing to do with windows XP. I'm booting from a DOS floppy. Anyway, I can't reboot using ctrl alt delete, but only using the reset button.

Any ideas?


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