System keeps going into "standby loop"
Posted on 2008-11-10
XP workstation in SBS2003 network, everything was working fine until today (famous last words)
Long story short, we had some issues with an ancient dos based pc, and i needed to hook up the HD from that pc to the XP workstation to get the data off. That worked fine, hooked up drive, connected, copied files, disconnected. So, the hardware setup is as it was originally, one master drive. Now, when i attempt to logon to Windows, it allows me in, but after about 15 seconds the system "Prepares for Standby" and goes into standby mode. It then continues to bring itself out of, and go back into standby, for an indefinate loop (with no pause. it justs stands by, then displays the "computer locked, press ctrl alt del to unlock" for about 5 seconds, then "enters" standby again. if i try to press ctrl-alt-del to unlock machine and bring out of standby, "preparing for standby" appears before i can log back in. have already checked power options, everything is set to "do nothing" and "always on". safe mode allows for successful login, and standby problem DOESNT continue. However, going back to normal mode, logging onto both the network and the local machine creates the standby issue. any help or suggestions would be appreciated.