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EMachines T2200

By tall_tiger
Dec 18, 2006
  1. I initially looked at this site for some possible answers on my Emachines T2200, and I joined the membership hoping to help others with my 30 years of hardware experience.

    Maybe someone out there has had a very recent problem like this but found a motherboard that could be used with their original Restore CD's from Emachines.

    When I started my system, the video never appeared on the screen.

    I had an alternate system to get online with so I logged into the Chat area on e-machines.com.

    What was strange was the power led was lit even with the system off.

    The tech said I probably had a grounding problem or a shorted motherboard.

    The board currently in the system is an ECS L7VMM2.

    I removed the modem card and then the system cooling fan started running, but still no video.

    I removed the last PCI card (a SCSI adapter) abut still no video.

    After reading through all the previous posts with similar problems, maybe my Power supply caused the motherboard to go bad.

    In order to use the system restore discs, I would need to get an upgrade system board through Emachines but I was trying to find someone who recently had such a problem and found a new independent replacement board with a faster CPU and PCI-e slots on the new board.

    I was wondering about the feasibility of finding such a board that can be used with the original Restore CD's and run with a faster AMD CPU in the 2.8 - 3.0 GHz range.

    I also want to have some available PCI-e slots for adding a video card and I need to find a very dependable power supply that has plenty of reserve power.

    I want to also find a board that can use my existing 512 SDRAM or be upgraded to 4 GB.

    Thank you for any positive results anyone can offer.
     
  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 540

    finding a board better than that will run SDRAM doesn't sound too likely. did you mean ddr ram? not to insult your intelligence, i just thought maybe you mistyped it.
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

  4. tall_tiger

    tall_tiger TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    It actually is identified in CMOS as DDR Ram and the labels on the memory do show SDRAM on one line and DDR at the bottom.

    If I could find an ATX Micro board made by ECS made for a 462 pin Socket A processor, then maybe it would work.

    It really torques me that the system board just died without warning.

    Every bit of all my software is only recoverable if I pay 3 or 4 times the price for a board from EMachines.

    I will investigate the possibilities on Saturday when I will go to Fry's Electronics. They have quite a selection there.

    I was hoping there would be several links to the old board being replaced and still being able to use the restore CD's.

    Thank you for your reply.
     
  5. cubecompMTDX

    cubecompMTDX TS Rookie Posts: 88

    This is obviously a major problem with these boards. I believe the evil Bestec ATX-250-12Z Rev. P7 is the culprit. I have pulled the boards from 3 emachines hoping I could maybe bring them back to life, but no luck on any of the 3. They all turn on, but have no video, even when using an AGP card, lol even a little green capacitor blew on one of them. If i could revive one of these, I could download the original bios for the board and get rid of the emachines bios. I've already researched it, and the ECS website supports this board
     
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