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Dead emachine t3256 cannot access bios either


When I turn on my emachine T3256 I get the beginning bios, video and ram information then it flashes to the "E" logo and sits there. It does not do a memory test in the beginning, but I can't remember if it did that before. I hit F1 on restart to access bios and nothing happens, it just goes to the big "E". Is it the motherboard?

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  • emeag5 Sep 21, 2008

    It does not tell me which key to use to access bios. I used F1 because that's what the manual for this pc said. I tried all the other keys too...Nothing.


  • emeag5 Sep 21, 2008

    tried it all..nothing..

  • emeag5 Sep 22, 2008

    Hi, thanks for helping me with this. Yes, I popped the cover off and removed the battery. I waited for 1/2 hour or so and popped the battery back in. Now something flashes right before the "E" comes on, but its too quick to see. I am going to buy a new battery tomorrow, so will let you know what happens...


  • my pc blows Dec 24, 2008

    hi, my computer is doing the same thing it will boot up than go to the big e i cant get it to go any where else i am going to try a new graphics card and if that doesn't work a new mother board.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I think I have the same problem with my T3256. When I turn it on, the screen just shows the "e" and doesn't do anything, even after leaving it on for a couple of hours. We've rebooted it several times (turned it off and on - both by holding the on button down and by turning off the power strip) but the problem continues. It has a 3200+ AMD Athlon XP processor, and a 160 MB hard drive (720 RPM). It came with 512 MB of DDR SDRAM, but I recently upgraded the card to 2GB of DDR SDRAM (2 cards of 1GB each).

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    I also have a T3256 and I think I have the same problem. When I turn it on, the screen just shows the "e" and doesn't do anything, even after leaving it on for a couple of hours. We've rebooted it several times (turned it off and on - both by holding the on button down and by turning off the power strip) but the problem continues. It has a 3200+ AMD Athlon XP processor, and a 160 MB hard drive (720 RPM). It came with 512 MB of DDR SDRAM, but I recently upgraded the card to 2GB of DDR SDRAM (2 cards of 1GB each). I also put in a new video card a few months ago.


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Is f1 the key it asks for to enter bios.... try other keys f2 or even the del key.


Posted on Sep 21, 2008

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 21, 2008

    use the f1 key as soon as you see anything on the screen.... keep tapping it


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Sep 21, 2008

    I'm left wondering if something perhaps happened ... power failure etc just before it quit. so now you are left with unplugging the computer for a few minutes as well as removing the bios battery for the same length of time. if you are not sure how let me know but basically it involves removing the cover. the battery is on the motherboard. Looks like a large watch battery, silver. it is removed by pushing sideways on the little tab with your fingernail. it will pop up when you have the tab out of the way. there may be a jumper that you can reposition for a couple minutes that accomplishes the same thing but it would take me longer to find that solution then it would take to remove the battery.



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