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New motherboard for the T2862

I have a buddy with the "no power" problem. He tried a new power supply, but still gets nothing, no lights, no fan etc. So, he purchased a new motherboard and memory. I don't know the model # for the new mobo, but I believe the original one was called "Seabreeze". Here's my question: Once we install the new motherboard and memory, how do we get it to boot off the original hard drive? Do we just go into the bios on power up and change some settings? Or do we have to reload XP? Any help would be appreciated.

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  • stanley08 Feb 25, 2008

    O.K., I installed a new power supply, (300 watts), a new mobo, (non-emachines), and new memory. The pc powers up fine now, and sees all of the devices - 2) drives on IDE bus 0, and 2) drives on IDE bus 1, (a CDROM and a DVD). However, when it tries to boot, it shows the Windows screen briefly, (maybe a second at the most), and then tries to boot the other devices and fails. I don't know what type of recovery cd's were provided with the system, but my friend could find none of them. So, I told him he would either have to borrow an XP cd from someone, or buy a new one and reload it. Does that make sense? As I said, he has 2 hard drives on Bus 0, so I assume that the original mobo was set up to boot drive 0 (the master). If that is the case, will windows give us the option to try to "repair" the boot image on drive 0?

  • DrDirty75 Jun 15, 2008

    Im having the same problem with my T2862 emachines desktop. I replaced the power supply but still the computer wont boot. How do I determine if I have to replace the mother board. And how much will a new one cost me if it needs replaced? Thanks

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Just plug the old hard drive into the new motherboard. 99% of the time the new mother board will automatically detect the hard drive that is connected. So there really isn't anything you have to do accept plug it in.

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Hi,
you probably won,t get it to boot off the original hard-drive. As that will be mated up to the old motherboard.
i,d suggest putting a new hard-drive in, then transfering any required data to the new drive, you should be able to transfer most of your files accross, but will have conflicts trying to copy some windows files. as they,ll be in use by the system.
Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008

  • Mike Waldron Feb 25, 2008

    Hi,

    i,d suggest getting rid of 1 of the hard-drives On Bus0.

    That will be causing your conflicts.

    set 1 hard drive, to slave lower part of the 2 part IDE ribbon Cable.

    Set 1 DVD rom to the upper part of the IDE Ribbon Cable.

    Ensure that it is set As A Master Drive.

    Remove everything from The other Bus, you can install those, once you,ve setup the main system.

    if by chance the 2 hard drives on the same Bus, are both slave Or Master.

    Thats where your Problem Lies.

    Mike @ compurepair.

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