Posted on 2005-04-07
My brother asked me to fix his E-machine that mysteriously quit turning on. He would push the on button nothing would happen. He brought it to Best Buy where he purchased it and they said the motherboard was bad. Gave him an estimate to send it back and fix it, his warranty was up, too rich for his blood. He asked me to fix it.
I put it on my bench at work. Plug it up, hit the power button nothing happens. Left the room. Came back. Power supply fan and CPu fan are turning. Nothing is coming on. Can't get it to come back on after that. I take the BB guys diagnosis. Bad MB. Order new MB from Emachines. On backorder. Get it 3 weeks later today. Put in the new motherboard. Connect everything up. Plug power cord into machine and the thing immediately starts up (w/o pushing the power button), can hear HD spin, but LOCK light on KB flash, no PC beeps, nothing on the monitor. Removed everything except the power. Same result. Bench built it, same result. No bent pins on the CPU. CPU only fits in the socket one way. A) Why is this thing immediately firing up without pushing the power button? B) What the heck is wrong with this thing besides it is an Emachine. I've invested $165 in a new proprietary MB for this thing. Trying really hard to keep costs down because my brother is thrifty. Also he needs this thing to do his taxes and I've had it for 3 weeks. HELP!!