Smash,I may be slightly verbose, but at least I divulged which half that had to be bought.In short you'll have to buy at least half a new machine, in which the half you buy is unusable unless you buy a fresh copy of windows.
So we're clear, you are categorizing the restore disc working in a different board a "mistake"? Since this is a far cry from earlier press releases about "tatooed BIOS(es)", and whatnot.Well, eMachines has made a LOT of mistakes on these... Despite the 67 percent failure rate by the end of the third year..
The restore disk will VERY OFTEN work on a system where the motherboard has been replaced by a non-eMachines board. We find eMachines restore disks work nearly 45 percent of the time... the trick is if you are trying to restore a current hard drive that has data. The eMachines restore disk will wipe the hard drive and cause you to lose all your data.
No, I have no love for Emachines, but I have no complaint against the one unit I have in service.CaptainCranky and I have had a number of differences on eMachines. Whereas he seems to like them a lot, I have never found an eMachine I could love... whether desktop or laptop, if it was built after April 2002.