Gateway eMachines W5243 shuts off after boot.

August 3, 2011 at 13:02:41
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premum 32-bit, AMD Athlon 64/1 GB DDR2
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.

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#1
August 3, 2011 at 13:45:06
Gateway eMachines are known for their bad psu. Replace the bestec PSU with this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I can't find the CPU support list from emachines website but i believe the new dual core u bought isn't supported. Every time u remove the CPU from the socket u have to clean the old thermal paste and apply new one(use the dot method).

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August 3, 2011 at 14:16:54
It does sound like the PSU is being overloaded when he plays games and the system fails because of course, not enough power. The one kuwese listed looks like it will work fine with your system.

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#3
August 4, 2011 at 01:02:22
Thank you guys. If it is the psu (hopefully we'll find out tomorrow) I'm sure a replacement won't be much. I was thinking the processor I bought wouldn't be compatible, but I was willing to give it a shot; I can always return it. I read elsewhere on this site that eMachines use bad psu's, so that gives me new hope. Thanks for all your help!
The psu was fine when he played WoW, but I guess it got old and couldn't handle the load anymore.

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#4
August 4, 2011 at 15:54:14
I looked at the power supply and it seems nice, but it's an atx12v, and this is a micro-atx case. Will it fit?

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#5
August 5, 2011 at 07:52:09
I don't think it will. The dimensions are similar to an ATX-sized psu. :(

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#6
August 14, 2011 at 10:59:27
Alright, so we ruled out the problem being the power supply. Even with my Corsair CX600 psu hooked up to his computer, it still acted the same way. And I guess since the only thing that the computer did with that dual-core processor in was turn on and hum, it's not compatible. Anyway, what we're thinking the problem could be now is the RAM. Either that or the motherboard, which we hope it isn't. Any other suggestions?

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