Friend of mine brought me his OEM Acer computer, because of BSOD. Afte securing data, I activated the hidden partition, and restored to factory. OS loaded and was stable. After loading some of his apps, was ready to hook up NIC and test connectivity. Did so, but within 2 minutes computer rebooted, and has continued to do so, whether I hook up directly to my router with ethernet cord, or use a NetGear wireless N USB card. I have done the following to fix it to no avail.
Checked Screen saver settings, set to NONE
Checked Power settings, set to balanced.
Checked the BIOS for any Wake on LAN, etc, all settings look good including voltage, etc
Changed cords, and ports on router connection, no success. regardless of cord, or port, computer still reboots within 2 minutes.
Setup a new administrator account, logged off, logged back in under new name/account, same reboot problem.
Here's my quandary. I have activated the hidden partition, and returned the computer to the settings that were there when it was sold. If I DO NOT hook up the NIC, the computer runs great. I had 6 applications open, and was playing chess and solitaire and it performed fine. Why would hooking the wired NIC, or the wireless USB NIC cause the computer to reboot?
Any help is appreciated