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System will not power on.

I have a emachines T6524 when the side panel is on the computer will not power on. If I remove the side panel the machine will start as normal . Any suggestions why this is happening.

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  • Robert Castillo Feb 01, 2009

    It has been happening for a few weeks. I just never bothered with it I had another computer to work with, I have cleaned out all the dust. The heatsink is really dirty. I will try cleaning the heatsink. I have not turned the system on in while and I have misplaced the power cord. Once I find the power cord i will check the fans and install speed fan to ensure they are running correctly. I will update as soon as I find the power cord.

    Thanks for the fast reply.

  • Robert Castillo Feb 01, 2009

    Thanks for the info, and I will keep you posted.

  • Robert Castillo Feb 12, 2009

    Well, I found my cord and when I try to power it on the screen stays blank. The CPU fan starts the rear fan starts I believe the hard drive is powered on. The hard drive light is on in the front. None of the ethernet lights are on when an ethernet cable is plugged in. Nothing appears on screen. And when I try to shutdown I have to pull the plug out. If I hold the power button down to shutdown it does not respond. thanks in advance.


  • Robert Castillo Feb 13, 2009

    I tried everything you asked I am also using the same monitor and cord I currently use with my working PC still no response. My first thought was the motherboard, but I wanted to make sure. How can one identify the mother board model to replace it.

  • Axekick May 11, 2010

    Emachine's website did not specify the motherboard for this model as they typically do.

    The following link claims it is an MS-7184. MS is the same as MicroStar.

    That seems too expensive for that motherboard. I would suggest you check NewEgg, for a compatible ATX motherboard that has all the slots you would need. I would think you should be able to find one for around $50. HOWEVER if you change motherboards it is unlikley that the copy of Windows you received on that computer will work any longer. You would have to contact Emachine/Gateway and inquire about that. Also, if it was damaged by a power surge it could have also damaged your hard disk, memory or any other peripherals.

    Not knowing your situation it is difficult for me to suggest a course of action. But if it were me prior to replacing the motherboard I would want to test the memory and the hard disk in another computer to insure they still function. I would also want some reassurance from Emachine and/or Microsoft that the OEM version fo Windows that came on the machine will work with a new motherboard. They are suppose to be good for the life of the motherboard so if it fails after warranty you would also need a new copy of Windows.

    If the hard disk, hard disk and memory or the Operating System would not work upon replacing the motherboard I would then suggest you simply purchase a new system.

    That MS-7184 Motheboard is the same one I have in my Emachine and know 3 friends with the same computer. They have all worked for about 4-5 years but at the time they were purchased I remember reading that the motherboards and power supplies were often faulty.

    Sorry I could not be any more help or that it appears the situation is not more promising. If I can help you in any other way message again and I will try and answer any questions you have.


  • Axekick May 11, 2010

    I would unplug the computer, then reseat the memory, and all pci, agp and pci express cards. Disconnect all cables and reconnect them. If the monitor doesn't come on then I would try an alternate monitor AND alternate monitor cable to eliminate the possibility of multiple problems.

    I assume you don't have a boot disk? Without getting some response from the monitor it would be difficult to troubleshoot and I suspect it may be a bad motherboard but would exhaust all other options before writing it off.

  • Axekick May 11, 2010

    Sure thing Robert. Post me a reply and I will try and assist further if necessary. If the heatsink is really dirty it may need to be replaced.

    I have a comparable Emachine (T6412) here and it began running hot a couple month ago. I picked up some generic Heatsink-CPU Cooler at Best Buy for $39.00 and installed it. Afterwards it ran 12-15 degrees(Fareinheit) cooler than with the 4 year old heatsink-fan.

    Good luck and let me post back if you still have issues.


  • Axekick May 11, 2010

    How long has this been happening, more than one day, days, weeks, etc..?

    Is the inside of the computer clean and free of dust and dirt.(have you blown out the inside with compressed air including any vents on the side panel or exterior casing)?

    Verify all the interior fans are working, Motherboard, Power Supply, and the exhaust fan at the rear of the case. Also verify they are all clean and turning at a reasonable speed.

    The only other thing I could think of is if there is a short but it would still seem odd that installing the side panel would somehow create the short provided no loose wires are within its path.

    Check the BIOS or install Speed Fan and check the temperatures of the computer when it starts.



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Hi Robert,

Have you checked to see that there is no cabling of any sort in your machine that may be brushing with the side panel when it is closed? I'm thinking maybe a GRND pin from either the front panel connectors or a USB connector but this is only a guess. I am unsure why a panel could stop it turning on! Let me know if its resolved! :o)

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  • kolrar Feb 13, 2009

    Great advice from everyone else here on this thread :)

    Model numbers are usually always found directly on the motherboard (printed directly onto the PCB)

    This should also include the revision number. Sometimes model numbers are on small stickers, on the i/o ports on the inside of the case.

    If possible, try a known working peice of ram and CPU of the same socket type. Dont bother with hard drive or any other device. This should still display the initial screen when you turn the system on. Given everyone elses advice, i think it might be the motherboard that has died.

    Someone else has given the best advice, consider a new motherboard and in turn a new system as ram speeds/types and hard drive types have changed since 4/5 years ago.

    Happy system building :o)



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