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I have the same problem with my T3120 emachine.

I replaced the cheap parts of the computer such as the Power Supply, and CMOS chip, don't want to spend too much money on a dead CPU.
I mess around with the BIOS jumpers & power jumpers,
I tested each piece of hardware & everything seems find. My last and finale step is to try and flash the BIOS. I had the same problem with a custom computer I built, flash my BIOS for me and it worked fine, I hope this will work. One problem I ran into is that people from could not find a BIOS updated for Motherboard Model # K8MC51G LF and the FIC does not have the update either, so now I am trying to get in contact with emachines customer support to find a BIOS update

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Could be a 'gray market' machine! i've run into this before- basically 'your motherboard/bios' doesn't exist- good luck! boot up should show what your bios version is, look for that, rather than your motherboard version!
'my computer'- 'properties'- should have your bios info on it. use that info to find updated 'flash', if it's available.
good luck!

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