emachine refuses to turn on

By Trapnhunt4ever
Feb 7, 2006
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  1. I have an E-machine Computer with Windows XP. It's about 2 years old, but hardly used. I use it just for E-bay-ing. Anyways, I can't get the thing to turn on! I haven't been able to use it for over a month now, and all the tech websites just state the obvious (Is it plugged in?) :knock: :hotbounce I have checked and rechecked the connections, so I know it is not that. The moniter displays "No signal", so that is working fine. I took off the front panel to see if the little push button switch was defective. I bypassed it, and it still didn't do ANYTHING. I put everything back together, and here I sit. What do you think could be wrong? When I push the button, absolutely nothing happens; no fans noise, no green light...etc... It's just dead... I really would like to fix this myself, I just need to know what to do. Thanks for your help,

    Patrick~~
  2. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer Newcomer, in training Posts: 464

    Sounds like a PSU problem to me. Try a different PSU in there. If that doesn't work, find someone more knowledgeable about Mobos to tell you what's wrong.
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    No lights to the motherboard at all?

    That pretty much limits us down to either a dead motherboard or a dead PSU...

    Do you have another computer's psu you can test in there?
  4. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I don't have an extra mother board around at the moment- I just threw two of them away to make some space... Oh well, I think that it probably is the PSU... What do you recommend replacing it with? (What brand is good out there?) I'm still pretty new to this, so be patient with me :giddy: :eek: Thanks for your quick response,

    Patrick~
  5. spartanslayer

    spartanslayer Newcomer, in training Posts: 464

    I vote for Antec. Any of theirs are good, and will do the job.
  6. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    What about the wattage- Let's say I put in a 300 watt power supply- will this fry the motherboard if it has a 180 watt power supply in it now? Thanks for your help,

    Patrick~
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    No. You could put a 600W power supply in there if you wanted to (although that would be a massive overkill of unnecessary power) and it won't damage your board.

    A 300W power supply doesn't mean it is putting out 300W all that time. It means it has the ability to put out up to 300W, depending on what your parts are requesting from it.
  8. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Ok, thanks for explaining- I get it... :approve:
    My original power supply is around 180 watts I think, so do you think something like 300 watts would be overkill? I know it is probably underpowered now for the components, and if I put in a 300 watt PSU, I will have a little more "room" to upgrade in the future, right? I looked into the Antec series, and they seem a little pricy. I know you get what you pay for, but this computer is only going to be used for e-mail and web browsing- no gaming what-so-ever... Could I get away with a cheaper brand?

    Patrick~~
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    How much is your budget? Tell me that, and I will try and find the best one I can to power your system (newegg)

    But first, go here and find out exactly what your needs are for watts and tell me what that says as well:
    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp
  10. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

  11. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I put in the data that I had off the top of my head, and it says that I need 211 watts. Also, what is my form factor? Sory, I've never heard of this before... :p I like the sound of that $29.00 PSU. That is, if I have "ATX"....

    Patrick~
     
  12. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    I guess the easiest way to find out your form factor would be to do a google using your emachine model number (or post your model number here).

    The other question that needs to be answered before you buy a new PSU, is whether or not emachines puts any funky PSU connectors in their machines to FORCE you to buy emachine only parts.
  13. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Ok, I have the serial number. Here are the specs:

    Model #: T2825
    E-machines 120 GB. 2.6 GHz.

    Hope this helps- I'll continue looking to see if E-machines uses a "funky" connector for their PSU...

    Patrick~
  14. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    It looks like your system uses the standard ATX12V power supply. For example this power supply:
    http://www.fulgo.com/abs-250pse.html

    says it works for all T series emachines. Note: I am NOT recommding the PSU in that link. Just using it to show that a standard ATX12V would work.

    Bottom line, I see no reason why the PSU links I gave you above would not work in your sytsem.
  15. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

  16. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I just hope that if I get a new power supply, that the old MOBO is not trashed. Is there a way of testing it to see if it is still good, without buying a new PSU? I don't have any old PSU's laying aaround, so that is kind of out of the question. Do you think that I could just unplug the power supply from my ancient 98 HP and use it's working power supply justto see if the mobo in the e-machines is still working? Thanks again,

    Patrick~
  17. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I just got the Pow-Max 300 watt PSU for the T2825. It looks huge! The second fan seems like it might get in the way, but I haven't had time to open up the computer yet. What can I do if it doesn't fit? I was thinking about removing the second fan, because it sticks out like a sore thumb. It just seems out of place, bolted onto the back of the box. I know more cooling power is better, but I can always reposition the fan if I have to... Does anyone know if the POWMAX has been used in another E-machines.? Thanks,

    Patrick~
  18. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Powmax? Yeesh...... they have a reputation for making hideously low quality PSUs...

    (source http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=792566)

    I wouldn't recommend taking that fan off. PSUs get hot and need to keep cool or they go wacky and start nuking your other hardware.
  19. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I guess you get what you pay for... As long as it works for a little while, that's all I'm asking out of it... It has overvoltage protection, and all that stuff, and it's UL listed, so I can't believe that it is that bad... Anyway, Is there a way to start the power supply without a computer? I'm sitting here dying to see if the thing works, but my computer is 40 miles away... Can I connect two leads or something to complete the reference voltage circuit? Thanks,

    Patrick~
  20. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I put in the new PSU and the computer still doesn't work... I bypassed it with the green and black lead, and the PSU works, but when connected, it doesn't even come on. The moment I turn on the PSU though, the fan on top of the processer spins for about 5 seconds... Is the motherboard bad? Thanks,

    Patrick~
  21. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    I used a jumper lead to connect the green and black wires together when it was plugged into the cmputer, and then everything comes on- fans, hard-drive..etc..., but when I plug in the moniter, it says "no signal". Also, the orange data LED is always on. It seems like nothing is loading..... What should I do?!

    Patrick~
  22. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Could somebody Please reply?....
  23. crossedup

    crossedup Newcomer, in training

    Sounds like you might have the hard drive cable plugged in backwards on the hard drive end.

    If that is not the case, try swapping your sticks of RAM or removing one or a combination of this.

    What has led you to this point, what are you or were you trying to do??
  24. crossedup

    crossedup Newcomer, in training

    Just reread the first page of this thread, OOPS. Sorry.

    Emachines use standard atx so you are good there.

    Still no boot is bad. Remove all cards and try again. Removing and/or reseating RAM is still an option to rule that out.

    Sounds like something is shorting the computer out, those are always fun to figure out. The card removing and RAM reseating is a way to rule some things out. If a card feels loose when you pull it out, that could be a culprit as well. Thermal creep they call it.
  25. Trapnhunt4ever

    Trapnhunt4ever Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 23

    can anyone reply?
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