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Help..Replaced PSU and Mobo and still not working??

By momof3iniowa
Feb 22, 2007
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  1. We have an E-Machine computer. It's a T2625 model. It kept turning off on it's own and acting strange, finally it just quit and we replaced the power supply and it worked briefly after the PSU was replaced but then didn't work again. The motherboard did go out with it because we tested it. The motherboard has been discontinued but we found one online that was new and the exact same one that was in it and ordered it because emachines wanted $160 for the replacement kit for the motherboard and now it still doesn't work. You can hear everything running but there is no video output at all. We have tried alot of different things and still nothing. Could the processor and/or RAM be bad too?? Also it currently has an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (2.13 GHz) processor in it now and for RAM it's got 512 MB DDR (PC2100) in it. If we go ahead and buy a new processor and RAM just to try, how do we find what's compatible for this computer?? Thanks!!
    Laurie
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    What you report is typical of the motherboard failure that impacts more than 50% of the T2625 eMachine computers. The T2625 is one of 14 eMachine computers which has unusually high rates of motherboard failures within two to three years of purchase.
    Your only choices will be to replace the motherboard with one from eMachines for $159.95, or to buy a new motherboard of another manufacturer - which will most likely require a store-bought version of Windows... as the exisiting eMachines recovery disc set will only work when it can detect the "tattoo" on the ePROM of an eMachines motherboard.
    Usually, your hard drive, memory, modem, and new power supply will work fine with the new motherboard but you will need to check carefully to assure that your CPU will work. There are many deals at many seller websites which include a motherboard and CPU bundle for $50 to $100.
    The hard drive will not work without contact with Microsoft to get the product ID registered. Usually Microsoft will tell you that the Windows XP install dies with the motherboard dies, but some people have slickered them into allowing the drive to be moved to a new system.
    If it were my decision, I would take this opportunity to buy a new or refurbished computer.
    Good luck to you. Let us know how it all turns out.
     
  3. TD25x

    TD25x TS Rookie Posts: 19

    The T2625 uses an FIC AM37 mobo. Specs on it can be found HERE.
     
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