Just joined this site, wish I had found and read info prior to my problem. I have read the opinions on emachines but that can't help me now. Purchased my machine in Dec of 2002 and other than an electrical spike taking out my 56k modem about a year ago which caused me to think the mobo was dead, have had no problems til now. System: CPU: Intel® Celeron® Processor 1.70GHz (w/128KB L2 cache & 400MHz FSB) Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition Chipset: Intel® 845GL chipset Memory: 128MB DDR (PC2100) & 256MB DDR-266 Hard Drive: 40GB HDD Optical Drive: 48x Max. CD-ROM Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD Video: Intel® Extreme Graphics 3D (845GL shared) Sound: AC '97 Audio Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet Modem: external - high speed Peripherals: Keyboard, Wheel Mouse, Stereo Speakers Ports/Other: 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on front), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Mic-In & Head Phone jack on front, Audio-In & Out, 3 PCI slots (2 available) Dimensions: 7.25"W x 14.125"H x 16"D Socket is 478, enclosure is for micro ATX, board size is 9.6" X 8.6" Problem: I run the system 24/7, turned it on from sleep mode and walked away, came back to smell burnt electronics and no display. Troubleshooting etc. to this point: Replaced bad cap. on mobo, ordered and replaced bad PSU (wish I had read emachine sticky post from last month prior to this...) two days ago, still no work. Brought machine to local shop, they confirmed that the old PSU was bad, the new one good (the fan comes on momentarily when system turned on) and said they didn't do component troubleshooting/repair. Suggested another mobo. Real Problem: I need to get data off of my hard drive as my backups cover tax stuff and financial but not Word files that I would prefer not to lose. If I find a mobo that will work with my chipset (which has been difficult) then I am concerned that the system disks will not work. If I use a new version of Windows XP, and use a spare hard drive that I have to boot up on, will I be able to then plug in my 40G hard drive and recover the files that I need or does emachines have the hard drive locked up so it can't be done? I think I have read nasty things about that possibility but am not sure. Appreciate any help/thoughts/etc. (And yes, from now on, ALL important files will be backed up.) Also, if anyone can direct me to a site that I can find the schematic for my Imperial 2095 mobo I would appreciate it also. Frustrates me that I can't fix it myself.