Question about E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

2 Answers

Replaced motherboard but nothing comes up on the monitor & it won't turn off unless I unplug it

I have an old Emachine T6520 Media Center that I am trying to get up and running again. I am not a hardware expert, but I was told my motherboard was bad so I bought a new one & replace it. I hooked everything up (I took a photo of my old set up so I could put it all back in the right spots) but now no signal to my monitor, and I can't power down unless I unplug it.  What wires do I have crossed?

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • slickbear Nov 06, 2008

    teknowolf, the motherboard is a MSI RS480M-IL Socket 754 Micro ATX not purchased from emachines.  It looks identical including colors.  On the box the power light, led light and cd/dvd lights are on, but nothing on the monitor but "no signal".  There are no beeps at all.  I removed & reinserted the video card with no results.  I also moved it to another PCIE slot but that didn't work either.  The video card is hot.  There are no power connectors to the video card.

  • slickbear Nov 06, 2008

    mumma_1, thanks for the input.  I switched the cd/dvd from slave and hard drive from master, but that didn't help. So now they are back to the original setting. 

  • David Preston
    David Preston May 11, 2010

    Did you buy an emachines Motherboard or a 3rd party Motherboard? Are there lights and beeps coming from the system when you power up? If there are beeps are they long beeps short beeps or combinations there of?

    My first guess would be a Video card error. Try removing it and reinserting it. Make sure that the little clip at the back of the Video card slot (PCIE slot) comes up and locks into the notch on the back of the video card. If there are power connector(s) on the video card make sure they are connected



2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.

  • Expert
  • 207 Answers


This new Motherboad has an On board video card that is likely set to be the default one to use. Try switching your monitor cable to the onboard SVGA plug. then boot up your PC.

If you now have a signal, this was likely your cause. Next determine which is the better GPU. If the On board ATI is better than your existing card (Not likely) then your in good shape. If not the Manual that came with your MSI board should tell you how to enter the BIOS. There you can change the onboard video to disabled and save your changes and exit then move your Monitor cable back to your PCIE card and finish setting up your system.

Hope this helps

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Master
  • 903 Answers

Check the jumpers on the back of the hard drive and the cd/dvdrom. If the cd/dvd rom is set to slave and the hard drive is set to master then change the cd/rom to master and the harddrive to slave or vice versa.

I had a similar problem and this fixed it.

If this does not work then change them back and post again for additional support.

Posted on Nov 06, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Technician can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Technician (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Emachine tower powers on disk drives open and close, there is no picture on the screen. how to fix?

Is the monitor plugged into the wall and power turned on?
Is the video output of the PC connected to the monitor?

Feb 09, 2015 | Quantum Technology eMachines eMachines...

1 Answer

Radeon 6570 graphics card any reported problems with emachine T6520

Yes as long as your T6520 comes with at least a 400 watt power supply. It has the required 16x PCI Express slot.

Feb 19, 2013 | E-Machines T6520 PC Desktop

1 Answer

Looking for manual for rs480m motherboard

Try this one:

Feb 16, 2012 | FIC AU13 Chameleon Motherboard

1 Answer

Prior to installing the radeon 4550 video card i followed the instructions and disabled the onboard video adapter via the device manager. I have the emachine model T6520. After disabling the onboard...

Try reseating the video card in the pci slot,remove completly then reinstall.

Also check your monitor video cable for being tight.

Last..Does this card require 24 volts? check for a 4 pin adaptor plug on the card.It may need its own power.

Apr 22, 2011 | E-Machines T6520 PC Desktop

1 Answer

I am trying to find the power switch diagram for an emachine t6520 thanks

On a Asus motherboard its not designed for eMachines systems because they come with a proprietary setting on the case. So what you need to is take the emachines motherboard that you took out and take the new motherboard that you bought and match the two. If there is a difference then you need to return it or buy a new case and you shift all the hardware from the emachines to the new case. If not buy a similar replacement board from emachines or ebay and you can find one and buy it. The Power setting is on all motherboards but some are different then others.

Dec 04, 2010 | E-Machines T6520 PC Desktop

1 Answer

Dell Inspiron 531 (desktop) won?t turn on/boot

You've either got a bad motherboard or a bad processor (I'd lean to the motherboard being bad). I would honestly take this into a computer repair shop and have them check both.

Oct 22, 2009 | Dell Computers & Internet

1 Answer

T6520 emachine. when i turn it on the fans start, the keyboard lights flash, the monitor led turns green (getting a signal) and about the time i'd expect to see some display image and/or hear the mobo spkr...

Based on your previous troubleshooting, with both built-in video and alternate video card, I'd guess you have a bad mobo. Anything else that was wrong with it (RAM, CPU, etc) and you'd get beep codes.

Sounds like it's time for a replacement board. If the eMachine is out of warranty, it might make more sense just to go ahead and upgrade now, as they are so inexpensive. If you are capable of replacing the board yourself, that would be the cheaper alternative.

Hope this helps - remember to rate (and great troubleshooting, btw!)


Oct 06, 2008 | E-Machines Computers & Internet

Not finding what you are looking for?
E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC Logo

135 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top E-Machines Computers & Internet Experts

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2668 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18411 Answers

Are you an E-Machines Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides