eMachine T5254 Shuts down installing windows

Emachines T5254 desktop
May 23, 2010 at 09:45:46
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello, I have a problems with my emachines t5254. It started randomly shutting down playing games or browsing the internet. Then gradually got worse as time went on. Now it will not stay on long enough to load an OS. I have tried installing xp, vista, and linux with the same results.

I have replaced the hard drive
replaced the power supply
applied fresh thermal grease
replaced all cables to hard drive and cd player
removed any cards I didn't need like modem ect.

Now I am stuck. I'm guessing the next thing to look at is the motherboard or processor.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks


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#1
May 23, 2010 at 10:48:37
Are you sure that the new power supply is a good one, and not a cheap one?

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#2
May 23, 2010 at 11:35:58
Yes it is a cheaper power supply

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#3
May 23, 2010 at 11:50:39
Replace the cheap PSU with a better PSU. Problem solved.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#4
May 23, 2010 at 11:56:59
Ok, I have another power supply I can try. I'll do that today. Thanks for the help btw.

I'll post my results sometime today, it might take me a bit.


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#5
May 23, 2010 at 12:01:54
Make sure you get the right one for this particular computer!

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#6
May 23, 2010 at 12:07:30
Well, I was going to try a power supply from my gateway lx6810-01.

It has a 400w power supply. If it doesnt work no harm.

Im not sure what type to get if I bought one, I know the pins have to match up.


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#7
May 23, 2010 at 19:29:39
Sorry it took so long to reply.

Ok I tried another power supply and it did the same thing. It shuts down at the stage where windows is installing devices (such as keyboard ect..) it gets about 3/4 of the way on the progress bar and shuts down.

I tryed another mouse and keyboard took the sound card and the graphics card out.

Still the same problem. Not sure what to look at next


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#8
May 24, 2010 at 09:54:27
Anyone have any ideas on what I can try next?

Any help would be appreciated.


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#9
May 24, 2010 at 10:29:32
Why did you remove the CPU and apply thermal grease? What did you use to clean off the old thermal compound? Check that you did not use to much thermal paste and that the thin layer of paste is only on the CPU and covers the entire CPU. Make sure that no grease was squeezed out onto any components. Make sure the CPU's fan is connected and it is running? Did you try resetting the bios by using the reset pin or by removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes?

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#10
May 24, 2010 at 11:11:01
I removed the heatsink because I thought it might be dusty inside. I was right, the heatsink was very dusty. And I used alcohol and qtips to clean off the old grease. The grease should be fine I put a little on all over the cpu and made sure it was even and didnt push out the sides. Yes the fan is running and connected to the mobo. I did take the battery out for a few and hold the power button down on the computer about 10 seconds (not sure if holding down the power button is right or even needed).

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#11
May 24, 2010 at 15:35:29
Can you enter the bios? If you can select the basic settings and see what happens when it starts after you exit the bios.

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#12
May 25, 2010 at 12:08:25
Yes, I can get to the bios. There are 2 default settings for it, 1 is basic default 2 is failsafe defaults. I tryed both settings.

My guess is that is a device because it stops installing windows and shuts down at the point where its loading devices every time no warning or anything.

Before I decided to reload windows it was shutting down every once in a while and got worse over about a month. We could start in safe mode sometimes then boot in normal mode and it would work.

I have the money to buy another mobo, but would not be happy if it didnt fix it haha.

Is there any way to test the voltage on the mobo? I have a mutimeter.


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#13
May 25, 2010 at 16:03:27
I think I am going to attempt to flash the motherboard. I will post my results.

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#14
May 26, 2010 at 10:08:36
I googled my computer make/model and found a lot of people have the same exact problem with there computers that I do. There are relacement bios chips sold for my computer on ebay i so I might try that (its only 12$ including shipping) if that doesnt work I will buy another mobo.

Thanks all for helping.


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#15
June 2, 2010 at 15:30:13
Ok, well I bought a new mobo for 40$ 3$ shipping and working perfectly so far, I was able to install windows xp and everything seems fine. Thanks to all that helped.

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#16
July 10, 2010 at 16:50:43
Where at? The only replacement I can find is on ebay for 99$

I've replaced the power supply and the motherboard and I'm having the same problems again in only 4 months.

I made a topic about it in another place, look up psu perhaps in google and you'll see the topic.


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#17
July 12, 2010 at 10:33:55
I found the mobo at newegg.com. Great place for all computer parts. cheap fast shipping and ther customer services is great.

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#18
July 12, 2010 at 11:05:22
I am having the same issue on My E machines T5254. It shutdown every time it tried to load the OS. I scanned the Hard Drive and supposedly fixed the errors. I was now able to Load everything up, but when I tried to go into a directory, it would shut down. I think I might get a new MOBO also and see what happens. The sucky thing is, is that my machine is only 2 years old. Oh well. Thanks for the info all.

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#19
July 12, 2010 at 11:12:40
@ downtownkb26:

What Kind of MOBO did you get? I am unsure of which one.
Thanks


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#20
July 12, 2010 at 12:32:09
I will have to get back with u on the exact mobo. Shouldnt be more then a couple hours though. Ill let u know as soon as i find out.

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#21
July 12, 2010 at 13:11:16
ok the mobo is a Foxconn M61PMV. i just looked on newegg and there sold out of them. but thats the one.

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#22
July 12, 2010 at 13:13:29
If u google shopping the model u will find it. I found one for 44.00 on ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...


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#23
July 13, 2010 at 08:42:17
@ downtownkb26

Cool. I have one question. I was researching between the MotherBoard on the T5254 and the Foxconn M61PMV Mother Board and it looks like there is a Dimension issue. The New Mother Board is a little smaller than the original. Is that a problem? I am gonna need to get inside my PC and make sure.


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#24
September 20, 2010 at 15:33:02
To all,

My t5254 had the same problem shutting down 4 seconds after the OS would start to load. I found 6 Caps next to the Processor to be defective. They are the filter caps for the processor. The are marked 1800uF 6.3 volts. 3 of the 6 were reading less than 400 uF, the other 3 were reading slightly less than 1800uF. I did replace them and computer is NOW working. These are not east to remove without a good desoldering station. If you attempt to remove them, take precautions for static charge (use a anti-static mat) and a grounded desoldering tool. My kids are HAPPY again!!!!!!!

gottagojoe


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#25
September 22, 2010 at 08:25:08
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.


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