emachines xp hard drive

Emachines T2542 desktop
January 12, 2010 at 12:05:49
Specs: Windows xp, ??
Hard drive started to go bad. I unplugged the computer from outlet. I ordered a new hard drive and in the mean time, my wife plugged it back in and left it running and I cant get it to do anything. Green light and mouse flashing with a ticking sound. The light on the front of the machine is not working, just the light on the bottom memory slot. Put new hard drive and nothing different except light in front would blink. CD will not open. The ticking sound is constant. Is that considered a beep? What should I do?

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January 12, 2010 at 12:48:24
"Hard drive started to go bad. "

What were your symptoms?

"CD (drive) will not open."

Assuming the CD drive is not damaged, the CD drive tray should eject and retract when you press the button on the front of it, if there is nothing wrong with the computer's power supply. All that requires is the power connector is connected to the drive and the PS is allowing the computer to run when you press the power switch to start it up. That should work even if it's data cable is disconnected - try disconnecting that, to rule out another faulty drive or faulty or improper drive data connection from interfering with the CD drive working properly.

If your power supply is failing, the CD drive tray may not eject and retract, and there may be nothing wrong with the original and/or the new hard drive. If the power connector is still connected to the original hard drive, disconnect that to see if the ticking sound goes away. If you have disconnected the original hard drive's power and still hear ticking, the ticking sound could be coming from the PS, or from something else such as wiring being too close to a fan blade.
(A failing PS CAN damage an optical (CD or DVD) drive, or a floppy drive - the led may come on but it won't work properly.)

emachines computers are well known to have el-cheapo power supplies that tend to fail more often than average, and when the power supply fails completely, they are a lot more likely than average to damage something else, often the mboard.

If you have not been fiddling inside the computer case just before this happened and have not changed the ram installed in it, it is very likely that if you replace the power supply BEFORE it fails completely, doing that will restore your system to working again.

Unplug the cord to the computer, or otherwise switch off the AC power to it, open up the computer case, and find the label on the power supply - if the brand is BESTEC I advise you, if you find ANY indication the power supply might be in the process of failing, DO NOT trying booting the computer anymore - if the PS fails completely there is a strong likelyhood it will trash your mboard!!!!

Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
They often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you may get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:

DO NOT replace the power supply with another BESTEC one!
In most cases you can replace it with a standard sized standard ATX power supply.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
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If there's nothing wrong with the CD drive, it will eject and retract it's tray when merely it's power connector is connected to it on another computer, when the computer is running.

Your orginal hard drive can be checked by connecting it to another desktop computer, but don't boot from it on the other computer - XP won't load Windows if the other computer's hardware (mboard) is more than a little different - that's normal - connect it as a slave on either IDE or as master on the secondary IDE if it's IDE, or set the boot order / first hard drive listed in the bios so you're not booting from it.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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January 12, 2010 at 17:38:30
Wow, Thanks for all the info. My family and I appreciate it.

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