Not worth fixing, IMO. It's a couple generations too old. Buy a new computer.
I came home to find out my computer had been fried, well our home computer. My brother told me the news. He said while it was on it made a popping noise and some smoke came out. I know some things about computers, the most in my household but not enough to know how to fix or build a computer. I figure it's fried though. I called a few pc repair stores and a few even said they have dealt with emachines before. They said usually when the power supply goes out it takes out the motherboard. So after calling about six or so stores, my cheapest price on replacing both the power supply and motherboard with labor was $150. My first question is, is that a reasonable price? Or should i look elsewhere and maybe even try learning how to put it in myself? So i thought well I?m putting that much into an old machine, bought in 2002, maybe i should put in double that and i can get a better machine. The most i could probably put into it is $400. If anything in my old pc is usable i could even use them and of course my monitor. Looking through Google there are so many places that sell parts and already built pcs. There?s stores to and eBay. So it?s pretty hectic. If I do fix what I have now and its under $100 I can do it soon. If I have to spend $400 then I may have to wait til February because of finical issues. I really don?t want to wait til February but if I did order parts online I?d have to wait anyway. Below is the specs of my emachine, well what I could find. Any advice and help is greatly appreciated. If you need any more information let me know. Thanks.
Type of system: Desktops/Servers
Bus Architecture: PCI/AGP
Hard Drive Bus: EIDE
Native OS: Windows XP Home
CPU Type: 1.6GHz Intel Pentium 4
Standard Memory: 256 MB (removable)
Maximum Memory: 2 GB
Memory Expansion: 2 sockets
Memory Comments: PC100/PC133 SDRAM Modules
It has a CD/RW and a DVD drive