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Win2k reboots or shuts down when a dvd is put in the drive

Posted on 2007-11-30
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I've been searching for some time, and have not found much yet.
I have an older custom computer with a Pentium 3 Processor and about 256 MB of RAM, more than enough for the things I'm using it for. I just put in a new (well new to me that is) Toshiba DVD-rom SD-M1912 Drive and a new sound card. Everything was working fine, now when I put in a DVD the System reboots of shuts down completely, no error messages, no warning, nothing. When the system comes back on it's like nothing happened. Windows knows that the drive is there and everything else I know to check is in order. I just don't even know where to start looking. If there is a previous post that addresses this you can just shoot me a link.
Thank you for your time.
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You may be exceeding the capabilities of your power supply.  When you insert a DVD/CD disc there is most likely an initial power draw for the drive to start spinning up and reading from the disc.  This power draw may be too much for your power supply to handle and it is simply cutting out.

You can try this free tool to estimate your power requirements: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp
Match up the results you get here to the maximum wattage that your power supply is rated for

If you have access to or can borrow a spare and more powerful power supply unit give that a try and see if the problem persists.
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You may want to try this tool to estimate power requirements instead, this has Pentium 3 processors as selectable options and will probably give you a more accurate estimate:
http://files.pcapex.com/download.php?file=19

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