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If you own an Emachine, read this now!

By Rik
Nov 11, 2006
  1. teh_noob

    teh_noob TS Rookie

    I had the eMachines T2692 and mine did the same as the others. The CPU light would be on, but nothing else happened. I wanted to upgrade to a better mobo and cpu so I did it at that time. I gave my uncle the original PS from the emachines in question last year when the original mobo went poof and he hasn't had any problems out of the PS yet. The original setup I had in my emachines T2692 lasted me almost 2 years. It lasted longer than I thought it would.
     
  2. holyhit2

    holyhit2 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    i had a emachines t 1840 tower and well it lasted far longer then most of the comps ove seenon here. it went for about 3.9 years which isnt bad. but yea then one day all of a sudden it started acting up..... the PSU would not power up.... or do anything, and a new PSu was not gettting any action from my mobo... so yea.. junked it all..... cept my hdd and ram, cd drives... luckly i had another PSu from my HP x2 4200+, had to buy a new one cuz the 400 watt wasnt strong enough for my 7800GTX got a 535 instead... so i buaght new mobo, 3.0ghz cpu and a 256mb XFX6800 agp card, and im back up in running, of course had soeme help with a friend with XP, had a disk which would work on any computer. :)

    BBUt be warned CPU AND MOBO WILL GO!!

    o yea and it friend my original 40gb hdd which came with the computer too
     
  3. TD25x

    TD25x TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I would be interested in knowing which models you have that are affected...could you provide any model numbers, i.e., T2686, H2642, etc.?
     
  4. holyhit2

    holyhit2 TS Rookie Posts: 20

    sweet

    thats awsome, congratz on the research to finding out its the mobo and not the PSU, well i know one model were it is bad, t1840... cuz it went... cuz i remeber when i turned it on the lights dimmed real quick, and then bam comp was dead..... then psu gone, hdd gone, mb gone.... not sure on my video card since i dont use it i got a new one... ram was ok though
     
  5. Captain ben

    Captain ben TS Rookie

    Oh! What should I do?

    My mother board got fried.So I changed the mother board and processor.When I tried to turn on the computer,it asked me to activate the windows.In activation window,my installation ID has only 2 digits in the last group.Can someone help me with that.PLEASE.It's e-machine.
    Thanks.
     
  6. Just_wanted_to_

    Just_wanted_to_ TS Rookie

    Dead H2602, new PSU fix it

    PSU was the problem for my eMachine H2602....Just wanted to say that.
     
  7. momof3iniowa

    momof3iniowa TS Rookie

    We have this same problem with our E-Machine computer. It's a T2625. 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 but then didn't work again. The motherboard did go out with it. The motherboard has been discontinued but we found one online 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
     
  8. eroz

    eroz TS Rookie Posts: 108

    From my understanding, new motherboard means new computer. So you will need to purchase a new copy of windows.
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,981   +168

    Laurie,
    it is possible that the "new" motherboard is also bad... Your processor and RAM are most likely good. What on-line store did you use?
     
  10. Akai

    Akai TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Whats a good site to buy a good PSU, and also what's a good brand. I need a new PSU (emachines..), I'm getting lots of crashes and have been told to get a new PSU.
     
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,981   +168

    Since it is an Emachines any 350 Watt ATX supply will be better than the one you currently have. Try http://www.newegg.com

    For computer hardware purchases. Don't spend over $45 for the replacement Emachines power supply, it's just not worth spending any more
     
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  12. Rik

    Rik Banned Topic Starter Posts: 4,985

    It all depends on what model Emachine you have!!!!
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,981   +168

    Ok Rik,
    how about for Emachines over 2 years old...
     
  14. Akai

    Akai TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Mine was made in 2004 I believe.
     
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,981   +168

    This goes for you!
     
  16. Quipster

    Quipster TS Rookie Posts: 30

    rik, you know in almost every post you've made here, the first line has ended in !!!

    It must be one urgent problem :p

    As for exploding power supplies, all I can say is that sucks. I would definatly get a new ones asap.
     
  17. xenomorph61

    xenomorph61 TS Rookie

    FNG... @$#% New Guy

    Greetings,
    I am new here and I am trying to learn computers.
    I have a Emachine 400i and I hope my PS. will
    hang in there. Seams like everything new I learn
    is about a desaster of one sort or another.
    I know only that my Personal Confuser is a
    bit of a boat anchor.
    Oh ya pardon my spelling.
     
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,962   +954

    When is an Emachines not an Emachines

    I understand that I arrived late in this discussion, but thus far, no one has
    managed to convince me that there actually such a thing as an Emachines computer. This in spite of the fact that I own 2 of them. Granted the 2 that I own are relatively new. A P4 based T5026 purchased 2/2005 & a Celeron based T3422 (Best Buy House Model) dating from 5/2006. Point being, the T5026 carries an Intel GAG915 M-ATX board & the T3422 carries a MSI motherboard. (410 something or other). Indeed, the power supply in the T5026 did die, albeit quietly and alone. (It took no other components with it). I suppose I should attribute that to simple good fortune. Still I assume you could rake Emachines over the coals if the case suddenly fell apart. Other that that I don't think they make any of the parts. That's giving them the benefit of the doubt that they even make that. I had heard that Emachines was sold to Gateway by the founder who gave all his employees a share of the money and then retired, but, this could be urban legend. Not simply went under.
    The part of the T5026 that caused me major problems was the DVD burner.
    It possessed the ability to ruin an RW DVD by simply formatting it. DVD+RW you say, it couldn't read it's own writing, so to speak. It wouldn't stop trying though, at least not until you pulled the plug. That drive would create enough coasters to supply an Irish pub. Oddly enough it was made by TSST Corp. Yes TOSHIBA SAMSUNG Storage technologies. The two clowns who are in business together competing against each other with Blu-Ray and HD DVD. Oh, I did return the first T5026 desktop for a bad DVD drive. That experience notwithstanding, I purchased an external TSST DVD drive. Guess what, it only burns slightly more compatable DVD-Video than the internal Emachines drive.
    Fool me twice and all that. Anyway my P4 guy is pluggin' along now with an Antec PS & a Pioneer DVD burner. I'm going to Price Watch now to help me to decide if I want to go with a Toshiba Blu-Ray or Samsung HD drive in my next Emachines computer. Just kidding.
    I just posted this to get you guys thinking, and perhaps to redirect some of your hostility toward other parties involved with Emachines debaucles. Perhaps the worst thing that could be said about Emachines/Gateway is that they are lousy system integraters or worse, incompetent shoppers. God knows, poor shopping skills is right up there with the 7 deadly sins.
     
  19. joefoolz

    joefoolz TS Rookie

    Just Bought a T5088! Am I a Fool?? XD

    Hi all!

    I bought a T5088 4 days ago it started fine! but it locked up and i was not able to shut off the computer and the power button in the front does not do anything. So genius me, yanked the power plug from the back of the computer and shut it off. Then I plugged it back in and sparks flew and I knew that was the end of life for that computer. The fan kept running but the screen was blank, thus power supply kept beeping and fan kept going but MuthaBoard was Kaput. So I returned it and got full money back the next day. You get 7 days to return it to BestBuy. I luv that company. Buy their stock guys! XD
    So when I returned it, they took the computer apart to check if u didnt clean out the inside like the 125mb ddr ram or stuff like that, then gave me full refund.
    I then marched back to the computer aisle and bought me anutha T5088 (Woot!) and took it home. This time I was more gentle to the power plug. XD and its working smoothly. I just despise the software bundle they got locked where I see that crap and Vista is messing up all my mmorpg s experience . I then tweaked out Vista by deleting the security center, killed UAC.

    Then I researched and googled about emachines and lo and behold , here I am, and I read about all the "positive" comments on my beluved Emachine XD!! I am 3 days!! into my second Emachine!!!

    option 1 : Should I return it and buy a Cheap Acer from BestBuy?
    option 2 : Replace the Power Supply like ppl are saying.
    option 3 : go to TigerDirect and buy one of their "popular" brands?
    option 4 : order a DELL??

    Gimme advice u computer gurus!!! my budget is like 500 to 600 bucks then i will shell out on my own to boost it w/ gfx cards and 2g ddr ram. So if I return my "emachine" for 451.49$ after tax what should I do?!!!

    HELP ME O GREAT COMPUTA GURUS!!
     
  20. dyeman

    dyeman TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I would take it back and wait for a deal. I had to change MB and PS on an emachine for a friend and it was a pain. Had to reload windows etc
     
  21. genek

    genek TS Rookie

    Any alternative to scrapping an emachine?

    I'm trying to help a friend with his T2385. It appears to be the problem identified in a number of postings; psu, mobo or both. I think it would be prudent to replace both but I don't want to replace with the same parts just to to have it fail again. Are there any acceptable alternatives?
     
  22. Tedster

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

    yeah- get a different brand of PSU.
     
  23. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,981   +168

    ... and replace the motherboard with one that will accept the old memory and CPU. Of course you will have to reinstall Windows after doing this. Your Emachines dics will be useless
     
  24. dbake24

    dbake24 TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Ive had mine for three years this July 23 and has ran awesome ever since.
     
  25. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,981   +168

    Write us back if your eMachines makes 4 years... That will really make news!
     
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