Allrighty...it's funny that you should bring that up because just before I installed the Compaq USB 2.0 driver...a funny voice in the back of my head told me NOT to...
...I cannot do a system restore now...because so much time has passed, and my sys restore is set to only about a month before...so the date where I orig installed the USB driver has LONG since passed...and that particular driver does'nt show up on Win-XP add/remove programs...
...so where does it reside ?
If this was my Dell laptop..I'd know right where to go, to delete the driver...but Compaq has to make things so 'obtuse', and I don't know where to look on C: drive...
Check you USB wire end, if that center piece ( that white piece inside the connection) is missing that the problem. that white piece separates electrical connection, it it not there it causes a shorts curcuit and the pc shuts down
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I would try another usb port if you have not yet. The other issue that is possible is that the computers power supply is "on edge" and the bit of extra power from the usb, is causing it to shut down. Actually, pretty common on the GT5034, I would take it to a shop and see if they will test the power supply free. Please leave a positive rating.
The error you are getting is the USB port driver. I suggest disconnecting ALL of the items you have connected to ALL of the USB ports and rebooting. If the computer reboots normally, go back and install ONE and ONLY one USB device. Restart your machine. If it boots OK, shut down, remove that device and connect another one, restart again. Do this for EACH of the USB devices until you find one that causes the computer to boot slowly and/or generates the error message. That one is the culprit and needs to be repaired before reattaching to your system.
If, however, after removing all of the USB devices initially and rebooting, you still get the error message, then you have a USB driver problem. You will need to remove the USB driver and reinstall from a known good location (like HP's website) to fix the driver problem.
Check the USB ports for damaged contacts. If the supply powers up and then shuts down immediately, you have a critical error.
Damaged USB port contacts can cause this but so can graphics cards etc. Open the machine up and remove all cards and memory sticks and unplug all the drives but LEAVE THE CPU ALONE!!
Now, turn it on. If it boots and starts beeping ( which it will with no memory installed) shut it down and reinstall each item you removed one at a time and turn it on after each single thing. When it stops booting and does whats its doing now then the last thing you plugged back in is the issue.
If it still doesn't power up with everything removed then the issue is in the mainboard.
If this is th case, my advice is to seek professional advice..
Some USB devices seem to cause this problem. I've had it myself. USB devices when hooked up cause the computer to freeze as it hard for USB drivers to be loaded outside of windows. Try updating you windows thru windows update though even updated I still run into the problem sometimes. If updating dosen't work you need to keep the drive unhooked while booting then hook up in windows.
Sounds like intermittent keyboard failure. If it is the old style keyboard connector (small round jack), shut down, remove it completely, and then plug it back in. If it is a USB keyboard, you are probably having USB keyboard support problems. Try moving the keyboard to a different USB port - usually the ones closest to the parallel port or network jack that are sure to be on the motherboard itself.