Question about E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC
The past two weeks my computer has randomly failed to boot up.
Typically the computer turns on, the monitor remains in a 'sleep mode' and does not receive a signal. I can see the DVD light flashing on my DVD drive but the hard drive light only flashes for a split second(doesn't appear to be booting to XP.) When I've had the case open on failed boot attempts the the psu fan, case fan, heat sink fan and PCI-Express card fans all come on instantly but the monitor doesn't receive a signal, nor does the hard drive light appear to be booting. On one occasion the PSU fan ran at an abnormally high speed and nothing else seemed to be working but I didn't have the case open to verify this conclusively.
The computer is an Emachine T-6412 about four years old. I have replaced the PSU as it was suggested to be the source of the problem. The hard drive uses IDE 'ribbon' cables which are the originals from the manufacturer. Yet I cannot figure out why the monitor doesn't provide a "no signal" error, or if it is the monitor/monitor cable why the hard drive light doesn't appear active/doesn't sound as if it fully boots. Is it the motherboard? Monitor cables, hard drive...? Any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
Motherboard: Board: MICRO-STAR MS-7184
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 08/19/2005
CPU/Speed: 2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
RAM: G.Skill 2GB(2 x 1GB) DDR 400(PC 3200)
DVD: TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H552B
200.05 Gigabytes Hard Drive(128.85 Gig Free Space)
Video: ATI RADEON X800 PRO
Sound Card:SoundBlaster Live 24 Bit
NIC: Realtek RTL8139/810x
Power Supply: Corsair 450W
OS: Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
when you go into a computer store to buy a graphics card they know what kind of graphics card you need just take your motherboard info with you.
Posted on Nov 02, 2008
This is the support page for the board. Scroll to bottom of page and download the manual which contains the location of the hard disk LED pins. Thanks Mike
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Test your PSU power supply unit or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle of restarting or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive
Test all leads that attach to your hard drive power and data cables IDE SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO YOUR HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your dvd\cd floppy drives have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty
computers need power and data to travel through every working device to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
even something as small as a faulty electrical or fan lead can cause you problems
motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive if its a flat ribbon 40 pin type IDE replace it this will be the first to fail
check all electrical power input and extensions make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd floppy drives need to have current go through make sure these drives are working
also check the Cmos battery and computer RAM modules make sure they are securely seated with no dust built up or in the sockets on some motherboards cmos batteries are soldered in
check you CPU central processing unit make sure its securely seated and has thermal paste it might be getting to hot the thermal paste will help disperse the heat
Thermal compound is a sticky paste that is placed directly onto the CPU.
Allowing for a more direct heat transfer between the CPU and HEAT SINK and preventing air gaps from forming between the CPU and heat sink.
hope this helps
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