Cannot turn computer on

By tomrice32
Jun 20, 2006
  1. Hi :)

    Wondering if anyone could help, I have an emachines 220 PC. One night I woke up and a yellow LED on the front was flashing. Whatever I did the computer would do nothing, so I pulled the power cord out to stop it. When I plugged it back in today, it just started flashing again. The computer is off but it still flashes, I can press or hold the power button or any button for ages and it will not do anything. It just flashes this yellow light. Any ideas? :s


  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Check the power supply. tester's are relatively cheap, or take the PSU to a repaior shop and let them test it. if you have another PSU available you could try hooking that up.
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Only if a normal PSU can fit in that emachines case...

    Do the fans spin, or everything is dead except the leds?
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    overlooked the part about it being an emachine...ugghh... lots of suddenly dead mobo's on emachines so that could be the problem. my adivce is salvage what parts you can from the emachine buy what components you need and build a real computer.
  5. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    I agree with Iss. Build a real computer, emachines uses low quality components, especially motherboards and power supplies...
  6. tomrice32

    tomrice32 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Hmm I'm not too hot on hardware, I've taken the computer to a shop and told them what I know and they'll take a look at it. If it costs too much to get it fixed I'll buy a real computer lol. Didn't know that emachines was considered so poor. Thanks for your advice :)
  7. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    The problem with Emachines is they use poor quality motherobards (trigem) and substandard and underpowered power supplies.
  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Better build your own one, because is cheaper... Of course, if you like your money....
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