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Need bios for trigem anaheim 2 motherboard emachine etower 533id both trigem and emachine no longer maintain bios need a update it is pre 1999 need update so i can install unbuntu 9.04 any thing after 2000 should work

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For any Emachine bios or driver updates please go to and search for model specific bios etc from there, gateway is the owner of the Emachine brand name

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Dnt have enough ram to install internet. how do i update my bios so new ram will work on emachines 400i3.

I did a little research on this model, and sadly it may be time to put it to pasture. It uses Win 98 with a 4GB drive. This tells me it just can't handle today's media rich internet. Let alone finding a BIOS upgrade.


Jan 09, 2013 | FSP Emachine eTower 400i3 Power Supply...

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Installing new cpu on a emachine

According to the specs I have Serena, the eMachines eTower 633i Desktop PC, uses a TriGem Cognac motherboard.

[TriGem is the manufacturer, Cognac is the model.
Note it is Not the TriGem Cognac+ ]

Specifications. (You can click on the photo to enlarge)

PDF motherboard manual,

Click on - Cognac - in the left side of the list.

Going back to the page;
(Nothing like upside down photo information, and the motherboard is turned 90 degrees to the Right, to how it actually sits in your computer case )

The processor socket is a Socket 370,

Used for Intel Pentium III processors, and intel 'Celey' processors.

(Excuse me......Celeron.
An Intel Pentium III processor has TWICE the L2 cache, that a comparable Intel Celeron has.
The cache for a Processor is a small memory area for the Processor.

It is the First memory the Processor accesses.
The Ram Memory is second, and the Harddrive is third.
More cache for a Processor makes it more faster )

The motherboard chipset is an Intel 810.

The Northbridge chip of the motherboard chipset, is an Intel 82810.
The Southbridge chip is an Intel 82801AA, or an Intel 82801AB.
(Intel ICH, or Intel ICH0 )

Looking at the chart, and reading across, you can see what the Intel 810 motherboard chipset supports;

1) Processors: Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium II, or Intel Pentium III.

2) Processor Front Side Bus: (FSB) 66MegaHertz, or 100MHz.

3) SDR Sdram ram memory at 100Megahertz.

[Single Data Rate Sdram is often just referred to as Sdram.

Double Data Rate Sdram is also Sdram (DDR Sdram)
Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
So is DDR2 Sdram, and DDR3 Sdram ]

Also referred to as PC100.

So when looking for a CPU you look for;

1) Fits in a Socket 370 processor socket.
Yep. The best is going to be an Intel Pentium III.

2) Has a FSB of 100MHz.


Scroll down.

Pentium III 1100.

Maximum frequency rate ('Speed') is 1.1GHz (1100MHz)
Front Side Bus = 100MHz
Uses a Socket 370 processor socket.
Part Number = RB80526PY005256
sSpec Number = SL5QW

In the top header -
Specifications / Pictures (1) / CPU ID (1) / Comments (1),
click on Pictures (1)

You can click on the photo to enlarge.
256MegaByte of L2 cache. (256MB)

A comparable Celeron would have 128MB of L2 cache.

[ Don't forget to follow Anti-Static Precautions.
Clean the bottom of the Heatsink THOROUGHLY, and the top of the Processor if it needs it. (I always do anyway)

PROPERLY apply fresh, new Thermal Paste.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Oct 26, 2012 | E-Machines etower 633is PC Desktop

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Can i upgrade my e machine etower 500is desktop to connect with my dsl system

as long as you have a place to put an ethernet card I would say yes.
You an get them most anywhere...even Walmart.
Good luck

Oct 16, 2010 | E-Machines etower 500is PC Desktop

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Wont come on at all was given to me. told it worked, but it wont come on

Suggestion is that you see if the problem is the Power On switch, or the Power Supply.

Before you begin;

Check the power coming to the computer. Make sure the power cord for the power supply, is plugged into a working receptacle.

Point in case.
I have now run into three surge protectors where just One receptacle, in that surge protector was bad.

"Hmmm, surge protector power on light is on.
Monitors, printer, and router are plugged into the surge protector, and they are receiving power. Surge protector must be good."


Check THE receptacle that the computer is plugged into. One way is to use a table lamp, or similar device, and plug it into THAT receptacle.

The method to check whether the problem is the Power On switch, or the Power Supply, is to use a jumper on the Soft Power On.

Using the jumper the Power Supply comes on, you have a bad Power On switch.

Using the jumper the Power Supply does Not come on, you have a bad Power Supply.

The eMachines eTower 677ir desktop computer, uses a TriGem Anaheim-3 motherboard,

You will be dealing with the 20-pin ATX main power cable connector.

Plugs into the white female 20-pin connector on the motherboard, next to the ram memory slots.

[Shown in the above link photo.

You can enlarge the photo of the motherboard, if you wish for more clarity.
Right-click on the photo of the motherboard.

In the drop down list Left-click on - Save Image As
In the small window that comes up, look down at the heading - File name:

To the right of the heading File name: is a box with
304176-360 in it.
Put your mouse cursor right after the 0 in 304176-360

Left-click twice. Type - TriGem Anaheim-3
Go below, and left-click on Save.

This should go to your My Pictures folder.
I believe 304176-360 TriGem Anaheim-3 will be easier to find than just 304176-360.

Double-click on the file name.
In the window go to the bottom, and left-click on the Zoom In icon. Looks like a magnifying glass with a plus sign in it. ( + ]

This is what a 20-pin ATX main power cable, and it's respective connector looks like,

Viewing the photo to the far Right you will see a wire with Green insulation on it.
This is the Soft Power On wire.

ANY Black wire you see is a Ground wire.

A jumper wire is used to jump across from the Soft Power On wire, to ANY Ground wire.

The connection is a BRIEF one.
It is a Momentary Contact.

(The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch)

You touch the jumper wire for no more than 2 seconds.

Viewing the photo to the far right, you are viewing the back of the connector.
The back of the connector is where the wires go in.

This is where the jumper wire goes.

One end of the jumper wire, will go down into the socket hole that has the Green wire, and the other end will go down into a socket hole with a Black wire.
(ANY Black wire. They are all Ground wires)

I use a jumper wire made from a wire, such as is used on the Power Supply power cable wires.
Same gauge (Size), and has insulation on it.

The jumper wire is approximately 3 inches long, and is bent into a U shape.
Each end of the wire has approximately 1/2 inch of insulation removed.
The bare wire ends are then twisted into a point.

The bare end of the jumper wire has to go pretty far down into the socket hole, in order to make a connection.

It goes down into the socket hole right next to the wire.

At the end of the wires that go down into the 20-pin connector, is a metal terminal. (Socket style)
The bare end of the jumper wire Must touch that metal terminal.

My method is to have the computer unplugged from power.
Insert one bare end of the jumper wire down into the Green wire socket hole. (Soft Power On)

Make Sure the bare end of the jumper wire is contacting the metal terminal.

I then plug the computer into power, and insert the other end down into ANY Black wire socket hole.

It is just a brief touch. No more than 2 seconds.

You may wish to use a glove on the hand that holds the jumper wire.
There Will be a Spark.

The Voltage is 5 Volts DC for the Soft Power On.
Two C cell flashlight batteries produce 3 Volts DC.

It isn't a real safety hazard as you can see, but I wanted you to be forewarned about the spark in advance, so you don't freak out.

If you jump the Soft Power On, and the Power Supply comes on, you have a bad Power On switch.

If you jump the Soft Power On, and the Power Supply does Not come on, you have a bad Power Supply.

(Make Sure the bare ends of the jumper wire, Touch the metal terminals, down in the 20-pin ATX main power cable connector)

The Power On switch is located inside the plastic Power On button.
This is an example of a Power On switch that I have found fits many computers,

For any questions you may have regarding your problem, please post in a Comment.
(Believe upper right of your page)

Jun 13, 2010 | E-Machines etower 667ir PC Desktop

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Need to locate safe AMI BIOS update file for eTower 500is

you should restart and press F2 (on most pcs) to opent Setup. from there find the name and version of your bios. then go to your current bios providers website and download the flash update. it should be listed under the support tab. you may have to search. hope this helps. please rate me and thanks for choosing enterprise computing solutions.

Sep 30, 2009 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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E-Machines etower 533id PC Desktop NEED BIOS UPDATE

You only need to update bios settings if and when you get severe problems. The bios supplied with any computer is good for life of pc. normally.
But if you wish to update, visit the manufacturers site and download the bios flash utility.(that is the pc manufacturer not the bios manufacturer)

Jun 21, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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I updated BIOs and now every thing is gone.

Okay, sounds like your BIOS upgrade went south. First off, re-install the original BIOS. Usually you back up the original before upgrading. Either that, or d/l the original BIOS from Once you've got the BIOS working, try starting the system. I'll need to know more to help you from there.

Feb 21, 2009 | eMachines etower 466id PC Desktop

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No sound etower 533id win98 os

I would try the driver files that Emachine says is right for your computer first before any others. On windows 98, you will need to download a unzipper program such as winzip or RAR to unzip your files. Windows 98 did not ship with a unzip program attatched. once you install the unzip program, double click your zipped file. this will bring up your unzipping program. Choose "unzip all" and make sure you know where the files are unzipped to. Go to that location & look for a "setup.exe or install.bat " file. if there's not one of those, go to your device manager, pick your sound card & click "update driver" then browse to the location that you unzipped the files to, and click "OK"

Feb 14, 2009 | E-Machines etower 533id PC Desktop

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BIOS "Phlash" Error

pls run an earlier version of windows xp i.e. sp1 as earlier processor and motherboard may run xp sp 3 but it will not provide 100% compatibility

Jun 23, 2008 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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