unable to shut down compaq EP in win98 or M.E

  fredo3 14:11 20 Sep 03

I've just bought a second computer (second hand compaq EP p450) and everythings running fine until I shutdown. In win98 it just restarts itself and in millenium it asks me to switch off the computer....it switches off when I push the on/off button and then re-starts when I release the button.
In windows2000 it hangs for about 4 minutes then switches itself off and in windowsxp it switches off no problem ....can anyone suggest whats happening here.
Ideally I'd like to run windows98 as xp slows the system right down but the only way to switch the darn thing off in 98 is by pulling the power cable out!! help

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