|Okay, so my boyfriend has the Gateway eMachines W5243 that he got as a hand-me-down, and it was working fine for about eight months when it finally starting shutting off randomly when playing video games. He asked one of his friends who knows quite a bit about computers, and he tried the advice they gave him, and he even re-compounded the CPU. This helped some, but not much because it still shut off when the CPU load got too high; but about a week later it finally gave up. It booted up fine, did a POST test, and when it got to the login screen, it played a few notes of the logon chime all PCs do when they first boot up and it shut off. We thought it might be the processor, so I bought him a AMD Athlon X2 AM2 5000E 2.6GHz (65W) processor to see if it would work with a new processor. Yesterday he put it in, powered up the PC and the PSU would turn on for a split second, the keyboard would flash on and immediately afterward it shut off. We're both at wit's end trying to find out what the problem is, and tomorrow I'm going to bring my tower over and plug everything that's compatible with my motherboard (Processor and RAM are not, I know) and see if it's any of the other hardware. Someone sent me a page with a list of all processors that are compatible with that motherboard, and the one I bought wasn't listed but was close enough to one that /was/ listed, the only difference being that instead off 5000E, it said 5000+. I'm not sure what that means. At least with the processor that came with the computer, it got to the login screen. But with this one it won't even turn on, so I'm thinking maybe I bought the wrong type of processor, even though it seemed like it would be exactly right, except the processor I bought is a dual-core and the original one is not.|
Thanks in advance for any help I receive. It's much appreciated.