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T2085 will not turn on

I have an EMachine T2085, I've had it for at least 3 years with no problems. It was working fine this morning, no power surge or outage happened.
This evening it will not turn on at all. The power light does not come on, no fan noise... nothing... completely dead.
I've read some of the other posts and looks like it might be a power supply issue?
What are recommendations... ? And just how difficult is it for me to replace power supply myself?

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  • Marie2008 May 09, 2008

    Thanks for the links... yes, I've tried changing outlets and testing the one plugged into... no power button on back of tower.



    Luckily I still have access to my laptop and my wireless network...



    My main concern is that I have files on my desktop that I absolutely need to access.



    Do you have a link to tell me which power supply to purchase and motherboard if that needs to be replaced? I want to be sure of getting the right supplies to get it up and running again.



    It's an EMachine T2885... I made a mistake in my original post.

    Thanks!

  • Marie2008 May 09, 2008

    Thanks everyone, as you can tell, I'm very new to this...

    dave117 if you could point me in the right direction with a link...

    it sounds like right now the external USB housing for the drive sounds like the best idea.

    My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite a215-s5825, so I'm not sure what would be compatible... actually not even sure where to begin.

    Thanks for your help and patience : )

  • quinton_garr Apr 08, 2009

    i opened the hard drive and took out the battery and put it back in know the hard drive will come on and wont go back off and notyhing is showing on the monitor

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Replacing a power supply is a rather simple affair. Just make sure that the new one purchased has the correct power connectors for your computer. The motherboard will probably have either a 20 or 24-pin connector. Many new power supplies will work with both of these connectors.

Put on your anti-static wrist strap, unplug the power and open the case. The power supply will be connected to the motherboard in at least 2 places and to various other components (CD/DVD drives, hard drives, etc.) disconnect these wires from the everything.

The power supply is most likely connected to the computer's case by 4 phillips head screws. Unscrew these from the back of the computer case and remove the old power supply. Be careful because the power supply may be hanging a centimeter over the case and may fall when unscrewed.

Line up the new power supply with the screw holes on the case and screw the screws in from the outside of the case. Do the top screws first, it will be easier. After that, connect the 20 or 24 pin power connector to the motherboard. Connect the 4-pin processor connector and any other devices (CD/DVD, Hard drive, case fans, etc).

Close up the system and plug it back in. Some power supplies have a switch, make sure its in the on position and power up your system. That's all it takes.


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Thanks everyone, as you can tell, I'm very new to this...

dave117 if you could point me in the right direction with a link...

it sounds like right now the external USB housing for the drive sounds like the best idea.

My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite a215-s5825, so I'm not sure what would be compatible... actually not even sure where to begin.

Thanks for your help and patience : )

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If you are looking to order the "correct" parts then you could locate them at this link

http://bestbuy.partsearch.com/Model/Gateway/E-Machines/T2885.aspx

What you might try instead is buying a power supply from a retail store that doesn't charge a restock fee (according to that link it is a standard ATX power supply and judging from the specs I would say it would be a 20 + 4 Pin type) and once you have purchased the power supply you could hook it up and see if this is the only thing causing the problem. If it is not, then return the power supply for a full refund. If it is the motherboard, buying the original motherboard for that unit could be more expensive then buying a new computer. Keep in mind, you could buy a motherboard that matches the specs for your machine but isn't the type that originally came with your computer for less, however you would then need to purchase a new copy of windows.

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    Don't know about where you are but our local Radio Shacks (3) have an external usb case for hard drives for $19.95

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Obviously you have tried change of power cord, move the pc to another power outlet or test the one you are plugged into with a desk lamp or hair drier or whatever.. Also, some pc's have an on/off switch at the back of the box, especially if it's a tower pc, check that first.

Now, do you have access to another PC? Because it's easier to check this web site out, to see how to replace the power supply.. If not, post here for more help. Rgds,

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/362

or

http://www.associatedcontent.com/video/2917/how_to_change_or_install_a_power_supply.html

Hope it helps, Rgds.

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    This may not be the soluton you need, but if you are desperate for the files on the hard drive it may pay to get an extenal usb housing and mount the hard drive in that, as a temp. solution. that way, you will have access to your data. Looks like 'mewms_14904' has sorted the power supply issue.. One thing to keep in mind, if you need to replace the motherboard, it may not be a trivial thing. I mean, it's not uncommon to have problems getting the same kind of motherboard, then the RAM &/or CPU might not fit etc, etc. Also, changing over the CPU can be quite tricky and needs to be done with caution. Anyway, hope it works out. Rgds,

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    Dave117 May 09, 2008

    Yes, the external HD shud be ok for your laptop..



    Here is a link to how to put your hard drive into the housing. Actually, they make it look a bit harder than it really is.. But have a look & if you have questions, just post them..



    http://www.connectworld.net/cis/external..." target="_blank" rel="nofollow" http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgur...



    There are so many different brands of housings.. You can buy them without hard drives for around $40 to $90.. Depends on where you shop. The best stratagy might be to remove the hard drive from your existing PC & take it to a computer store & ask them to install it. Might be the quickest & most painless way..

    If you do that, carry the hard drive in an anti static bag (if possible), not a plastic bag. Don't want to damage it. Remember, you will need to get a 5.25" drive housing, not a 3.5".. The 3.5" is for laptop hard drives. Once the hard drive is in the housing, you should be able to just plug in the USB cable to your laptop & get your files. Rgds,

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