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The lights are on, but nobodys home

My emachine will turn on, but it wont boot up.  I get the lights on the front of the box, and you can hear the fan.  I have tried to replace the monitor and the effects dont change

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  • jkho47 Jul 04, 2008

    Have emachine model t5216 with similar problem. One day worked next day power up, fan is on but nothing happens. A yellow light comes on the case but the usual blue light does not. Any help would be appreciated



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Im having the same problem with mines, so im on my laptop now. I've done some research and it turns out that eMachines has a habbit of blowing out their motherboards, and that its being caused by the design of the case for which the board sits on. So right now im debating to replace my motherboard or not. Overall I think its best to just get a new computer as the board will go out again in less than a year.

Also try replacing the power supply and the video card if you can. If switching them out doesn't work then its your motherboard :-(

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