Emachine motherboard replacement

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Hello everyone,
Found this subject on the emachine motherboaerd on a search. Have a T2245 that the motherboard has gone bad. It's the imperail GL VE 20021218 mobo just wanting to know what would be the good replacement mobo would be for that. Any suggestions?


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Remember that the board you use must accept the CPU of the one in your failed eMachine board.
The hard drive is likely good, but the Windows on it will detect that the motherboard has changed, and then it will shut down. Sometimes the eMachines recovery disk will work if you run it in repair mode, or if you run a full new install, but usually not on that T2245 model. It is designed to seek out the code on the eeprom on the motherboard to verify that it is allowed to run a repair or install on the new equipment. So you may have to buy a new copy of Windows XP. Your memory will be good, but the power supply will not be good, or in the rare case when it is good, it may not have enough power for the new motherboard.
So expect to buy a new motherboard, a new CPU heatsink and fan, thermal paste, and a windows disk.
Or just buy a decent rebuilt Dell or HP or Gateway, and an external USB enclosure so you can rescue the data on the old eMachines drive and move it to the new or used drive. It will cost you less than the replacement board, power supply, and Windows.
Understood on knowing that i would have to replace those components and have a copy of Windowsxp already. Just wanting to know if anyone has any suggestions on what mother board would replace what i hade in it. Here are the spec on the other board that is in there now.

CPU: Intel® Celeron® Processor 2.20GHz (w/128KB L2 cache & 400MHz FSB)
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

Chipset: Intel® 845GL chipset
Memory: 256MB DDR (PC2100)
Hard Drive: 40GB HDD
Optical Drive: 40 × 12x40x Max. CD-RW Drive; 16x Max. DVD Drive; 3.5" 1.44MB FDD
Video: Intel® Extreme Graphics 3D (integrated)
Sound: AC '97 Audio
Network: 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
Modem: 56K ITU v.92-ready Fax/Modem
Peripherals: Standard Multimedia Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Standard Speakers
Ports/Other: 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on front), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Microphone-In & Head Phone jack on front, Audio-In & Out, 3 PCI slots (2 available)
Dimensions: 7.25"W x 14.125"H x 16"D


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Socket 478 motherboards are hard to come by these days( I found 1 it cost $60 and only supports newer DDR2 memory so you would need new ram too). You may find something on ebay but personally I recomend this


It is a motherboard cpu combo that costs $50 ($40 after rebate) and will take your current ram, as well as, give you a slight speed boost due to the newer cpu.

This psu should do the job and costs just $20

any socket 754 cooler would work
This one is good and relatively cheap $12

overall that comes to about $82 plus shipping for the parts.

If you need a new copy of windows that will add another $90 to the price



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Your install on your hard drive will not work on this board. It will likely be detected as unauthorized, and your Windows will not startup... so you may need a copy of Windows. Some eMachines recovery restore disks will work on non-eMachines boards but not the T2245, by our experience.
With shipping, you will be out $200 plus. Cheaper to buy a refurbished Dell Optiplex GX270 or Dimension 8400 with average about $160 with shipping.


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Just be careful with the Dell GX270s, they tend to end up having bad capacitors - Dell are good about replacing affected motherboards, but it's another hassle you don't want.

GX280s aren't affected by this issue but are sometimes affected by a noisy fan.
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