We have a Gateway 450 running Windows 98SE that will automatically reboot upon startup. We turn the computer on, it POSTS, and then starts to load Windows but right the Windows 98 splash screen would normally give way to your desktop or user login, it reboots.
We can boot into Safe Mode without any problems at all, but that's about it. I am currently using Hiren's Boot CD to scan the computer for malware and other nasties using MalwareBytes and as of this moment there are 7 found infections, but I'm afraid I don't know much more to do with a system so old.
How can I go about troubleshooting this startup problem? I have tried reading articles on Microsoft's website (namely, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/188867) but it didn't change the fact that it still reboots on startup.
I have ran memtest86 just to check for memory errors and that came up clean. I'm stumped.
Any suggestions, guys? I am afraid I don't have the troubleshooting knowledge of anything prior to Windows XP.
Edited by homepcsi, 04 March 2014 - 09:54 AM.