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I'm trying to "rebuild" an old desktop computer of mine just to play and learn new things. It's an Emachines T2625 . Everything is in working order, but the integrated video seems to have went bad... I can plug any monitor that I know works into it, and it won't display video, even though it's getting power. So, I believe I need to get a new motherboard... and I found online I can use other motherboards, but I am not sure what other motherboards would fit, if any at all. It has a dvd rom and dvd-rw drive and 80gb harddrive that I need to be able to plug into another mboard. Suggestions would be helpful!

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Before putting in a new motherboard, check the power supply.

This could easily be a power problem. I would recommend. eMachines (and gateway) have a long history of using Bestec Power Supplies (recognizable by their bright yellow warning label). These are highly defective and can result in the frying of your motherboard and/or processor.

I would recommend checking what kind of power supply you have. If it is a Bestec, it is most likely defective (or will become defective soon). Based solely on that, I would replace it. In addition, it may have already damaged your processor (causing it to get too hot easily) or your motherboard. Its rough, but better you fix it now, as opposed to replacing the motherboard or processor, just to have the power supply fry the new one (the Bestec PSUs still look like they function when they have failed, but send completely unreliable volts to your board).

Once you test the power supply, and you find it to be unstable, you will need to purchase a new one. Most likely the failed video is a result of a bad power supply damaging the motherboard (I have seen it tons of times in these emachines).

Its possible your processor is still functional, but given that its an Athlon XP 2600+ (S.462) I agree with chromapr that you should just start over with a new motherboard, CPU, and Ram (and power supply of course). So basically, you are holding on to the hard drive and case.

You will need a microATX motherboard for this build. On a budget, I recommend newegg, geeks, ebay, etc. If you need assistance finding new parts, I can direct you to cost effective alternatives.

Posted on May 19, 2010

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Just start over and buy a motherboard and processor and memory and plug your stuff into it. you will need an operating system because the emachines operating system only workes with an emachines motherboard. emachines is the cheap brand from gateway and i have had nothing but trouble with those machines. Hope this helps and good luck

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