|I'm a tech for my company.. I had a customer with the same exact problem, shutting down when windows starts, or shutting down when installing a fresh copy of windows. I did a few experiments, such as turning off all of the onboard devices in the bios, still no luck. However, I got to using my brain, and decided that the only thing left to turn off in the bios was the SATA controller, so I disabled it. I then used an IDE Hard Drive (slaved from the IDE Port) in the system to install a fresh copy of windows XP on it as an experiment. The Windows Installation worked without a glitch. I'm not sure exactly what is going on with these motherboards. My next step is to try ghosting the original SATA drive (Windows Vista) to the IDE drive and recover the system. Hoping this all works out for my customer.|
This only happened to me when I had an SATA Device attached to the system. I was thinking Bios update, however, I cant find the bios update software anywhere on the net.. Emachines Support doesn't seem to post it on their website, or at least that I can find.