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Emachine T6410, Wont load XP...Please Help!

by ilivetowin / March 21, 2009 3:47 AM PDT

Hello CNET Forums,

I recently Emailed Emachines support with the following email describing in detail the problems I was having and they responded with basically screw you, you are out of warrantry so we offer no help to you at all. I am posting the email I sent them along with a detailed report of the problem I was having so hopefully someone here has suggestions on what steps I can take. This is an Emachine T6410 here are the specs
CPU: AMD Athlon? 64 3200+ Processor (512KB L2 cache, 2.2GHz, 1600MHz FSB)
Operating System: Genuine Microsoft

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Just My Opinion...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2009 3:29 AM PDT

Some of the things you're seeing are normal.. When you swapped the 160 GB hard drive into the Dell computer, then installed the operating system, IF the hard drive is good, the OS should install and operating correctly as you are seeing.. BUT you will NOT have success by simply placing it back in a different computer such as the eMachines. Because the installation recognizes the hardware and driver needs from the Dell, it will seldom correctly recognize the motherboard, hardware, and drivers for the second machine.

That said, it appears like you're motherboard is at issue. Yes, it could possibly be a BIOS issue and that's easy to test simply by installing the most current BIOS update for your model. The hard drive works when swapped out and so do all other basic parts of the computer.. My next step, if the updated BIOS doesn't help, would be to replace the motherboard on the eMachines, wipe the hard drive, and reinstall everything from scratch.

Just a note: I've had similar problems here on a few customer's eMachine computers.. Motherboards and power supply issues here..

Hope this helps.


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Thanks grif....
by ilivetowin / March 22, 2009 3:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Just My Opinion...

hey thanks grif,
glad someone responded! Im going to try and flash the bios sometime later today and make sure its up to date, to check the power supply if I can find one that fits are they interchangable from computer to computer? also do you know of any reason the DVD Burner wouldnt recognize in the dell system? Thanks again, its much appreciated, and if I can get the HDD and DVD burner up and running the the DELL I may just scrap the Emachine and I already had the HDD up and running in the DELL so now once I can somehow get the DVD drive to recognize Ill be on track!

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I Doubt The Power Supply Is The Problem In Your Case..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2009 4:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks grif....

It's your choice whether to tinker with such but your description doesn't lead me to think the PS is the issue..

As to the reasons for the DVD burner not working on the Dell, there could be many including a power supply problem, bad connections, incorrect jumper settings if you've already got another drive installed (DVD's need to be "MASTER"), or registry problems which could cause the drive to be MIA. (Google "Remove Upper and Lower filters.)

Hope this helps.


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