emachine t6420 w/'serious error detected"

By rhondap
Sep 26, 2007
  1. have an emachine t6420 about 3 years old that is giving me an error message as soon as it boot ups that windows is shutting down due to serious error being detected. new to repairing computers, trying to repair myself but not sure what it could be. the only way to work on it is in safe mode, i have scanned for viruses, performed disk cleanup, had defraged a week or so before this started. trying to get a system recovery disk now, no telling how long that will take. any ideas would be appreciated.
  2. Firedawg1971

    Firedawg1971 TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I presume when you boot up there is on the bottom of the screen a message saying hit f10 or f11 to start system restore. The t6420 has a partition of the complete restore on the harddrive hidden. So restart the computer and follow those instructions. there are 2 types of restore, one is a nondestructive which should be perfect for you. It does not loose any files or settings you have on the machine just replaces window xp files.

    the other option is a complete destructive restore which formats the drive and brings the system to its first look when you bought it.
  3. rhondap

    rhondap TS Rookie Topic Starter

    tried F11 and was told to insert recovery disk, person that owns computer has not made one yet! trying to get a copy of one. tried to do it safe mode and it wouldn't allow it.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This could be the start of the famous eMachine "Total Destruction"... Motherboard/power supply failures. Open the case and check for dust and other debris on the fans. Inspect the motherboard for swollen or leaking caps
  5. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,951   +162

    Yeah make sure the fan is working, and if it is Id just completely reinstall windows. I had a e-machine die on me it sucks, first the cd-rom died then without my knowledge the fan went out and everything slowly fried.
  6. Firedawg1971

    Firedawg1971 TS Rookie Posts: 39

    found this at

    I disagree with the part about looseing all data on your pc due to I have used this PC angel from emachine and I was a easy fix for a customer.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Good old "Link Posting" Tedster... Strikes again! :haha:
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