Need another motherboard

By smittygj · 4 replies
Jan 13, 2006
  1. I've got a Emachines W2646, Intel® Celeron® 2.60GHz Processor
    128KB L2 cache & 400MHz FSB.

    Motherboard is a Trigem Imperial-GV (IM845GV)

    This system was in a house that took a lightning strike (no, not my house
    thank god!!) and the motherboard needs to be replaced.

    Anyone know where I can find one? Or can someone suggest a
    inexpensive direct replacement?
  2. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    How do you know it's only the motherboard (mobo)? If the PC is not working because of a power surge due to lightning it can be anything or all things!

    My point is we can advise a mobo replacement only to find your CPU is dead. Then replace it and find your RAM is dead...etc etc. At which point it would be WAY cheaper to buy a new PC with better CPU etc anyways.

    Can you provide more info on the problem, what is the PC doing or not doing?
    Maybe it's just the power supply unit (PSU). That's a cheap easy fix.

  3. smittygj

    smittygj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think its still good... I've got it back up and running, had to replace the power supply, but the onboard video was shot, and I had to install an old video card.
    Ran tests on the cpu and ram and they are good to go.
  4. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    By direct replacement, I assume you mean, the same board, if so, it may be tough, I didn't find anything on ebay or on the emachine parts depot. If you call emachines they may be able to get you one, but at a likely very high price.
    You could install a different board, one that's compatible with your parts, but not exactly the same(different manufacturer/chipset), like these.
    The only issue is if you use a different chipset, windows might not like the mobo swap. Also, emachine may or may not have a proprietary front panel connector for the power button and leds, so that too may be a concern.
  5. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    See, aren't you glad you didn't run out and buy a new mobo now! It does help being a member of techspot with so many experts here, I get help just by reading the posts of others and the solution.

    Glad to hear you got her running again, but strange that the on-board video got fried and nothing else ( I mean on the mobo). Check your BIOS settings to see if on board video is still enabled.

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