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Emachine T2890 Won't Start

by voicetoons / February 10, 2007 8:03 AM PST

My 11-year old nephew has a 18-month old emachine t2890 (piece of garbage) and last night he shut down as normal, yet went to restart the system today and it will not start. I checked it out, replaced the power supply yet no action or power. There is a green light on the motherboard but still it will not fire up. Any suggestions?

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What Have You Tried?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 10, 2007 9:56 AM PST

1. Opened the tower and reseated the motherboard and ALL plugs?

2. Removed and reseated the memory modules one at a time?

3. Checked for bulging capacitors that may have caused the motherboard to fail?

4. Removed and reseated all PCI cards?

5. Unplugged all CD & DVD drives, then attempt to start?

Hope this helps.


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what we've tried
by voicetoons / February 11, 2007 6:45 AM PST
In reply to: What Have You Tried?

thanks grif. yea we tried all that (i'm somewhat exp on pc's owning a studio) but we did not look for any blown or puffed capacitors, etc as there was no power surge as the kid just shut down the tower using the normal process. Thus we opened the tower, unplugged and replugged in all connections, ribbons, etc then since there was no green light on the mobo we went ahead and replaced the power supply, rechecked all componants, cards, etc and now do get a green ready light on the mobo. but no power up. I've read this likely means the board is toast (how is strange to me) but it just shocks me that simply shutting down would have fried it during shutdown. any thoughts? could a bad cpu fan stop the power up process all-together? many thanks.

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Probably Not But..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 11, 2007 9:03 AM PST
In reply to: what we've tried

... a bad fan could cause the processor to take a dump which would appear to be the same thing.. Likewise, if the kid plays games frequently, overheating could easily cause the capacitor bulging or leaking issue, eventually causing the motherboard to die.

Still, based on you stated procedures, it does appear to be the motherboard.

Hope this helps.


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by voicetoons / February 12, 2007 3:14 AM PST
In reply to: Probably Not But..

thanks grif. so are you saying it is likely that a pc will NOT restart or power up IF the cpu fan is bad? is there any way for me to check if the mobo is toast, or the fan if we do not see any signs of a mettldown on the mobo? thanks much for your help

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No Way To Check That I Know Of..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 12, 2007 5:17 AM PST
In reply to: fan...

We simply replace.

Hope this helps.


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