Need replacement eMachine T2825 mobo

By riiken
Sep 12, 2008
  1. I'm in the process of fixing a dead eMachine T2825 power supply and mobo for a coworker of mine. I've found a PSU, but I'm having trouble locating a good, compatible motherboard. I've checked Newegg, Tiger Direct, etc. but no one really carries old motherboards anymore. Here are the specs of the T2825:
    CPU: AMD Athlon™ XP 2800+
    Socket: A (462)
    Chipset: NVIDIA® nForce™2
    Mobo Type: Micro ATX

    I would prefer to go with Asus, Gigabyte or any other well known mobo manufacturer. Any suggestions on where to look?
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    CCT, your link points to a board no longer available... Ebay would be a good place to look for an older motherboard. You could ditch the CPU and memory and go for a newer motherboard, CPU and memory. The eMachines case is all that's original
  4. riiken

    riiken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I checked out Ebay, but none of them have Nvidia chipsets. I thought I read somewhere I could use a motherboard from any manufacturer, but it had to have the same chipset as the original mobo to allow me to reuse the original OS? I'm trying to go the cheapest route possible so I would prefer to reuse as much parts as I can.
  5. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    That was my point - if you restrict the search to NVidia chipsets you are going to have a narrow return.

    Basically, that comp is now an Historic Item (not being mean just truthful).

    Anything you buy from EBay or elsewhere, make SURE you get protection like that which PayPal offers.

    Google: socket 462 Nvidia chipset motherboards
  6. riiken

    riiken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Dang it! I think I might just have to get another OS. Thanks for the help!
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Yes, you will need an OS install disc... Gutting any failed eMachines completely makes sense. You can get a modern motherboard, CPU/heatsink, power supply and DDR2 memory for under $225. The OS is an additional. Supplying your friend with a "new" much more powerful and useful computer for this price, is fair
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759


    Emachines have "restore discs" and a "recovery partition", Windows is present on the recovery discs, but is only usable (I believe) with the specific model number Emachine it came with.
    Should you try to use a standard Windows disc, you will get an "administrative password required" error, due to the eprom in the board. On the upside, even with a full reinstall of Windows, called a "Destructive Restore" you don't have to reactivate. So, thank God for small favors I suppose.

    Not even close to true, see above. Even a direct model replacement won't work. Windows is independent of the chipset being used, or you couldn't install a copy on any machine. What I think you mean is that a HDD with Windows installed stands a better chance of operating correctly without being reinstalled, if it is transferred to the same model # board. Even at that, XP may ask you to reactivate due to different serial numbers in the board and LAN.

    As to reusing the older components, that would force you to backward engineer the system to use use possibly obsolete components. The HDD (if SATA), the optical drive(s) , maybe the memory,and definitely the case are pretty much all that wouldn't hamstring you into a retro machine. The T2825 is getting long in the tooth, with DDR memory, probably a PATA HDD, and no capability for a PCIE X16 Video card. It does have an AGP expansion slot, but these cards are getting a bit harder to find nowadays, and don't perform as well as PCI express.

    I'm a little retro myself so, a bright spot here is that Newegg still has stock left on Windows XP (OEM) and, they have it in all three flavors.
  9. riiken

    riiken TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I talked my coworker into getting newer/modern components which is great news for me. Thanks for the help!
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