February 2, 2016

Why does my computer restart after being shut down?

I have a Windows xp dell that I upgraded to linux debian. First time I downloaded the system to the hard drive and the bootloader to the hard drive. My comp boot past the splash screen. I reinstalled everything and put the boot loader on my usb flash drive. Everything is good but my comp keeps on restarting once it shuts down. Also can't find boot loader to boot back to windows.

Restart after issuing shutdown is a common problem. It can often be fixed by...

Restart after issuing shutdown is a common problem. It can often be fixed by disabling wake-up_on_lan in the bios.

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The reboot issue is probably ACPI (BIOS) related. You might want to check...

The reboot issue is probably ACPI (BIOS) related. You might want to check whether there is a BIOS update for your motherboard which might resolve this issue.
Your second issue isn't clear. How exactly did you install linux on the PC, as in, did you tell the installer to resize the existing windows partitions, or did you opt for a 'whole disk' install? if the latter, you will NOT be able to boot into the old windows installation *ever* because it simply doesn't exist anymore. If the former is true, then you should be able to boot into windows by selecting the proper entry in the grub2-bootloader.

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You can't boot back to Windows because you probably installed Debian over...

You can't boot back to Windows because you probably installed Debian over Windows, so it isn't there anymore.
Also, does this happen when you click on Shut Down after installing in the CD or without the CD? If it's the former, than that might be fine.

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