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XP Emachine

By learninmypc ยท 121 replies
Mar 13, 2018
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  1. A friend on fb was giving away this XP & so I got it & am trying to reset it to factory settings.
    I got into the boot mode area, set it for CD & saved the settings, rebooted but all I get is the cursor blinking continously in the upper left corner. ???? I've done it before, why not now? Is it just because its an emachine??
     
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

    As you have probably done already,
    - confirm it gives POST beep If not plan and execute a bench-top rebuild

    If POST
    - get manual (download?)
    - disconnect HDD
    - set BIOS to boot from CD (maybe 2 or even 3 settings)

    If boot from CD but loses it on restart
    - replace CMOS cell batttery
    - re-confirm POST

     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,209   +1,361

    IMO, that eMachine is like something from the pyramids of Egypt - - have fun, you can learn some things from this exercise, but if you need a computer, buy something with an Intel iCorex instead of that Pentium cpu and that will lead you to a far better OS too.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Ok, yes, it beeps once & then loads up.I did set BIOS I think it was, to boot from CD. I hope I don't have to follow that video :(
     
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

    So, it passes POST.
    Will it boot from HDD? If not, disconnect HDD.

    Locate and download manual from eMachines for this model. Review 'setup' for quirks like 'boot other device' and or missing device drivers. Confirm CD is good bootable media, then disconnect HDD and try to boot from CD. Try from USB flash drive.
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Ok, I just found this
    People also ask

    How do I reset my eMachines laptop to factory settings?
    As soon as you see the eMachines logo appear on the monitor screen, press the "left-Alt" and "F10" keys simultaneously. Wait a few seconds for the Windows boot screen to appear, then press the "Enter" key. Click the "Restore Operating System toFactory Defaults" option after the eRecovery Management window appears.

    In progress. Will hope it works
     
  9. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

    Good 'quirk' catch.

    Laptop? Disregard playing with HDD connections..too hard.
     
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  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Not a laptop, but it is still in progress, hopefully 6 minutes left :)
     
  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

  12. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

    Three cheers...still, it is an XP - Chromium or its ilk might be more fun.
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    I'm trying to find a browser & security programs that work on it.
     
  14. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Need browser & security program ideas, I can't get Firefox or Google Chrome to install. Ditto for avast
     
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Installation failed because your computer does not meet minimum hardware requirements for Google Chrome
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    @Cycloid Torus @jobeard , The above post is what I get trying to install Google Chrome & it won't let me install avast.
     
  17. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,209   +1,361

    I think I would believe that comment
     
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Can you think of any anti virus program for an emachine? Comodo won't work. Grrr
     
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,209   +1,361

    I'm certain that I ran Comodo when using XP
     
  20. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

  21. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    I tried but it wouldn't allow it.
     
  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    I don't know your thoughts on WOT but it told me it was a bad site. Also, the program(s) need to be free
     
  23. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,563   +950

    WOT? World of Tanks?
    Free to consumer - software module you want is "Super Shield".
    PC Matic can include some 'fix-em-up" modules and they hype that a bit.
    See: https://www.av-test.org/en/antiviru...december-2017/pc-pitstop-pc-matic-3.0-174867/
    Operation is a bit odd. Needs to check your software against their 'known good' database - so can take a minute or two more when installing new software. If you try to install something weird, it can say 'no' for now and then later say 'ok'. Supposed to be great at preventing ransomware.
     
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2018
  25. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,456   +547

    Any idea how long it could/might take to run??
     

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