Bad USB stick -> instant reboot on Windows machines

Discussion in 'hardware' started by Gullible Jones, Aug 8, 2012.

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  1. One of my USB sticks recently stopped working on Linux - it doesn't show up as a device node, and dmesg shows messages about an "unknown device."

    So, in what was probably a rather stupid move, I plugged it into the Windows 2000 box...

    Bam. Instant reboot. Not even a BSOD, the computer just reboots immediately. I've never seen anything like that before, WIn2k is usually stable as a rock.

    I very much doubt the stick was infected; I've only used it to hold bootable Linux images, and only plugged it into known clean computers. So I suspect hardware failure. But what kind of hardware failure on a USB stick would cause Windows to instantly reboot like that? I'm pretty curious about that.
     
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  3. This machine has SP4 Rollup 1... Evidently not all the bugs were fixed!
     
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