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Need wiringdiagram for an ET1161-05 with motherboard

I took off the cover to clean it out and when i hooked it back up i couldnt even get it to boot in safe mode and its telling me theres no drivers for it. I have an e-machines ET1161-05 with vista, but I installed windows 7 about a yr ago. I didnt take anything out or unplug anytthing on the inside but Im wondering if I knocked something out of whack or something.

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1) Did you unplug it from power?

2) Did you FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions?

Anti-Static Precautions;
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.
Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside your computer.

Computer ON a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

3) A small primer if I may;

You press the Power On Button. The Power On Button is a plastic assembly, that has the Power On switch inside it.
The Power On Button presses the Power On switch.

Pressing the Power On switch BRIEFLY closes a circuit.
The Soft Power On circuit.
(The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch)

{When the Power Supply, (Computer), is plugged into power, there is a constant 5 Volts present. (DC) The 5 Volt Standby power.
This is used for the Soft Power On circuit }

Briefly closing the Soft Power On circuit, 'excites' the Power Supply, and turns it on. (Almost sounds wrong in so many levels)
The first chipset (I.C.) to receive power is the BIOS chipset.

The Basic Input/Output System program is initialized. (BIOS)
BIOS looks to see what DEVICES are installed, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the Operating System. (In this case Windows is the O/S)

Driver: A small piece of software that allows the Operating System to communicate with a DEVICE.

My thinking is the Device is the Harddrive.

Either the Power Supply, power cable is unplugged a little bit; and/or the data cable.

The eMachines ET1161-05 uses a SATA harddrive.
Serial ATA

Means it also uses a SATA power cable,

Note that between a SATA power cable's connector, and a SATA data cable's connector; the SATA power cable connector is Longer.

The SATA power cable connector has 15 contact pins.
The SATA data cable has 7-pins,

The SATA data cable connector that plugs into the SATA harddrive, is usually a 90 degree bent elbow connector.
The straight connector end plugs into the motherboard.

(Also note the L-shaped opening, in the SATA data cable connector, shown. The SATA power cable connector also has this L-shaped opening. Mates to the L-shaped connector on the motherboard, or harddrive; or SATA optical drive )

Just physically see if you can plug these connectors in tighter, on the harddrive. (Remember; Power unplugged; follow Anti-Static Precautions)

Also remove all Ram Memory modules. ('Stick')
Now reinstall them.
You may have one that is loose in it's ram memory slot.

Visually inspecting will NOT do. To be assured the Ram Memory module is seated tight in the ram memory slot, you have to remove, and reinstall.

Post back in a Comment.

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