|You can often buy a working exact same mboard model off the web that has an emachines bios version for a reasonable price. Just make sure the ad says the mboard has been tested and it works fine. Whatever Recovery disks you have, or you have made, or you have bought, for your emachines model, will then be usable, if needed. |
If your T6532 model was sold in the US or Canada, and had it's original mboard, this excellent third party web site:
says your mboard is this one:
MSI MS-7207 (K8NGM2-L) Mainboard
If your original mboard did NOT have the defective electrolytic capacitor problem, search the web using the name of that motherboard or emachines T6532 (or any model the e4allupgraders web sites list that uses the same model) motherboard and find one that has an emachines bios version, it will work fine .
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.
Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .
This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:
What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.
Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:
The most common thing that causes a emachines desktop system to fail to boot normally is the BESTEC power supply has malfunctioned or failed completely. BESTEC power supplies have a reputation for being a lot more likely than average to damage something else when they do that - often they fry the mboard, so replacing the power supply often still does not make the system work normally again.
If you still have a working BESTEC power supply I / we recommend that you get rid of it !
You could try booting the computer from something such as a Linux CD and try to repair the specific problem, but when the two mboards are different, that's probably not the only thing that is wrong. There is a second exact same copy of many essential Windows files already on the hard drive, or if not you can often download suitable ones from the web, or copy the file or the compressed version of it from someone else's XP CD or XP installation . However, Windows often generates a message that is false when it can't tell you what the actual problem is, so replacing a file is often fruitless.
E.g. I happen to have a MCE 2005 installation that was installed from the Microsoft OEM 2 CD set on one computer.
it has the exact same version of ntoskrnl.exe in
C:\Windows\System32\dllcache (normally hidden)
when I hold the cursor over them (5.1.2600.5973)
- they're not exactly the same size, but are very close to that.
(the one in
C:\Windows\System32 is 2,096kb - 2,146,304 bytes in it's Properties
C:\Windows\System32\dllcache - 2,139kb - 2,189,952 bytes
C:\Windows\$hf_mig$\KB91852\SP3QFE - 2,139kb - 2,190,080 bytes )
It appears it's the version installed when you install SP3 updates in XP, which I have done.
If you don't have the official Microsoft OEM 2 CD MCE 2005 set, and don't know anyone who has it that you could borrow it from, the Microsoft OEM 2 CD MCE 2005 set is available on the web, but it's price is between the price for XP Home and XP Pro - you may not want to have to pay that much.
You could buy an OEM XP Home CD with whatever SP updates included, that's the cheapest way to buy XP, off the web, or some local places that build computer systems have them to sell.
However, buying an OEM Windows 7 DVD costs you similar money - you could upgrade your computer operating system. If you like the Media Center features of MCE 2005, a newer Media Center is built into most Windows 7 versions except Basic - e.g. OEM Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit is the cheapest of those. If you want too be able to use more than 4gb of ram, you must get a 64 bit version of Windows 7, however, most people do not need more than 4gb of ram, and you may need to obtain or buy 64 bit versions of drivers or of some software that you want to use.
If you have personal data you do not want to lose on the hard drive, such as music, movies, documents, pictures videos, saved email, that you do not have the installation disks for or that cannot be easily downloaded again, you could copy that to elsewhere BEFORE you install an operating system, e.g., by booting the computer from a Linux CD.