my pc just won't switch off - instead keeps restarting!

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hey everyone,

I'm on XP service pack 2 OS btw.
i'm very new to computers and i have a weird problem so i was
wondering if anyone could help me out. in short my pc just won't
switch off, instead it just keeps on restarting... anyways no matter
what i do, i select start then then shut down, the pc restarts, i
press my power button, same thing. used to be totally ok, then it
became that i had to restart ONCE then the pc would switch off after
one round of rebooting. now it seems even after like 10 reboots it
still won't turn off!

so basically i have to use the power supply box switch (behind the CPU
casing) to turn my pc off (which others tell me is very harmful)... is
my problem software or hardware related??? HELP! thx..

Re: my pc just won't switch off - instead keeps restarting!

What MOBO do you have? Have you played around in BIOS recently? Have you
taken the front panel of your computer off recently and perhaps damaged the
power or reset switch? What USB devices do you have plugged in? Unplug
everything that is connected externally and try to power down.

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