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Upgrade to a new motherboard?

If I install a new motherboard that costs about $80, will I be able to use the windows XP software that came with my emachine? O r do I have to also buy a windows XP home edition CD and install it? I have tried just about everything to this computer, unhooking peripherals, making a boot disk, trying my recovery disc CD, bought a new power supply, new CPU celeron 2.3, nothing makes it work so fwr. The monitor works with another computer, but no pic on the emachine computer. The emachine t2385 just lights the power on light, that's all.
If the problem is in the motherboard, where do I go from here?
Thanks in advance!.....................clint

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  • GadgetJunk1 Apr 12, 2008

    Yes, I did install another power supply, as I said. Still the same thing, power light stays on, nothing on monitor. No 'beeps', etc. No 'blinking' power light. I do have the original CD that came with the computer that says recovery on it.

    Originally, the CPU was plugged with dirt and debris in the heat sink. I cleaned it out and bought another 2.3 celeron cpu and installed it. Nothing! Installed a 300 watt power supply, still nothing, just the cooling fan ran faster.

    I discussed at a computer shop about it, they think problem is in the motherboard. They showed me an 'upgrade' motherboard that uses the same celeron cpu, but needs different memory stick and also said I would have to get a copy of windows XP. The cost is nearing the act of replacement of the computer. Trying to decide. A new tower only, at Walmart, is about $300. If I end up that way, I might just add my Hard Drive to it, if it works okay. I save all my work this way, that is on the HD! I'm just rying to find out wether I can fix this computer or not.

  • GadgetJunk1 Apr 12, 2008

    Yes, I did install another power supply, as I said. Still the same thing, power light stays on, nothing on monitor. No 'beeps', etc. No 'blinking' power light. I do have the original CD that came with the computer that says recovery on it.

    Originally, the CPU was plugged with dirt and debris in the heat sink. I cleaned it out and bought another 2.3 celeron cpu and installed it. Nothing! Installed a 300 watt power supply, still nothing, just the cooling fan ran faster.

    I discussed at a computer shop about it, they think problem is in the motherboard. They showed me an 'upgrade' motherboard that uses the same celeron cpu, but needs different memory stick and also said I would have to get a copy of windows XP. The cost is nearing the act of replacement of the computer. Trying to decide. A new tower only, at Walmart, is about $300. If I end up that way, I might just add my Hard Drive to it, if it works okay. I save all my work this way, that is on the HD! I'm just rying to find out wether I can fix this computer or not.

  • levieux Jan 04, 2009

    The same problem as all the others just a green led inside lit and nothing else works changed mother board ,power supply from frpm emachine co. with new flat wires and addapter for hd and still the same does not start but if use the tester for ps it works and the fan works also



    I noticed that one led seems to be burnt with my ohm meter for them diode test and I have read that if that is not working that could be the problem

    My model is D2823

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Nothing happens at all except these:

1: The cooling fans come on in the correct manner.
2: The "Power Light" comes on and just stays lit. No blinking!
3: The CD Drive at the top does open and close, do not know if it reads anything or not.


That is all, not anything else happens! I has an imperial motherboard #20021218 with a 2.3 celeron cpu. What is a good swap for the motherboard? Is this motherboard possibly fixed? I don't see any "leaking' capacitors or any burnt spots on the board. Thanks!

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I think there may be another issue.. It could be the power supply.. Have you tried a new one?

Have you installed any additional ram lately?

You can use the old XP software with a new motherboard, but it can be a pain in the **** to set-up if it is the OEM version of Windows, or a Recovery Disk that came with your machine..

What you could do, if you bought another motherboard, find someone with a Genuine Windows XP disk, and use your Product Key to install it..

Posted on Apr 12, 2008

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  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee Apr 12, 2008

    it is hard to tell what is going on.. Have you checked the mobo to see if it is fried? Also, the fans come on, and the light comes on, but no beeps? Could be a number of things..



    I would guess that you have checked all the connections from the power supply to the drivers/board, and made sure that all connections to the board/hdd are secure. Also, make sure that the RAM is seated correctly, I know that you would usually get a Beep on a RAM error, but who knows? Stanger things have happened.... Also, check the connections to the power/reset buttons (as if some are backwards, this could occur)...

  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee Apr 16, 2008

    Didn't see this posted, but are the harddrives spinning?

  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee Apr 19, 2008

    Hi,



    Sounds like the HDD is not connected properly.



    Please check the internal connections to the HardDrive (power and IDE cable).. Make sure the IDE cable is plugged into the Primary (or IDE 1) channel on the motherboard. Also make sure that the harddrive is set to master on the back of the HDD (jumper settings).. If you CD-ROM is connected to the same cable as the Harddrive, make sure CD is set to SLAVE and HDD is set to MASTER.


  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee Apr 19, 2008

    Also, make sure that the power supply is set to the correct voltage (usually 125 and not 220)

  • Dave MacPhee
    Dave MacPhee Apr 19, 2008

    as for swapping the motherboard, it is a Micro ATX board, and is pretty much outdated.. Your better off buying a new Motherboard, better processor and a case. (good ones will total around $250 all together)...



    If you wanted a motherboard that matches the one you have, you need a socket 478, and that mobo will run you around $150 bucks on it's own.. Unless you can find one on Ebay, or at a second hand/refurbished store.

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