Can you get to the Advanced Options Menu
by hitting the F8 key at startup. There is a setting in there to "Disable automatic restart on system failure"
You will not find "Control Panel" in the Bios.
Let us know how it goes with the Ubuntu CD.
If that live CD gives you access to the hardrive and the system remains stable try booting to the Advanced Options Menu
and select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
At that c: prompt, type chkdsk /r
exactly as written here with the gap before the slash, then hit Enter.
2.You will then see a message "Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)"
Type Y for yes, and press enter. Then reboot the computer into normal mode. Chkdsk will start when Windows begins loading again. Let all 5 phases run and don't use or turn off the computer. (The chkdsk process may take an hour or more to finish and may appear to freeze which is normal.)
3.Chkdsk finds any corrupted files that are causing the problem and fixes them. Read the results of each phase as it finishes. During the final phase, it will notify you if it finds any corrupted files. It also checks for bad blocks on the drive surface.
4.When the Check Disk is done, it will finish loading Windows.
Edited by mark1956, 24 January 2012 - 08:43 AM.