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Emachines / W5243
June 4, 2009 at 11:39:26
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello friends, first time posting. I have visited you guys several times with little issues I have had and my end results were Great! So i am here now with the all famous question...emachines, why? grrr...
So a friend asked me to look at their computer because it kept turning itself off. My first thought (being how it's an emac) that it could be the PS. But wasn't. Below is a list of everything I have checked or changed on 'the beast'. Oh also, my friend (the owner) has a little Bro that is forever playing video games on it.

emachines W5243
AMD Athlon 64
NVIDIA Graphics, AM2 Socket
mobo-MCP61S-GM V:1.0
ECS HT2000
Windows Vista Home Premium OEMAct
PS 300W

First off before i go any further...I just noticed 7 bad caps! But I will continue with this although I am almost certain that is the problem. (6.3v 1800)

I have checked the PS, Cleared CMOS, Checked the battery, Made sure Heatsink was seated properly, (was concerned about the amount of paste tho), Checked all cables and connectors, and I'm sure I'm leaving some very important things out and/or have listed things of no impotance :0
My friend has conciderd this Big Metal Box/aka..emachines, trash. So he is expecting for it Not to be fixed, I on the other hand will Not let it defeat me, I will fix it JUST for the pure joy of it! :)
Thank You so much..in advance. My worries now reside at your fingertips :)


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#1
June 4, 2009 at 12:01:56
If you're sure the caps are bad (bulging or leaking), there's no point in going any further.

"was concerned about the amount of paste tho"

You didn't reuse the old paste, did you?


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#2
June 4, 2009 at 13:43:15
Well define "reuse'? :]
I didn't scrape the old off and put new on if thats what your asking.
But i did just now buy some artic 5, I'll go back and do that now.
Also, I'v had a bit of trouble locating these caps. I have checked everywhere 'locally' and have come up empty handed. So to save on freight and/or a drive, the capacitors that are in the machine currently are 6.3v 1800. Can they be replaced with a different kind or does it have to stay the exact same? There looks to be plenty of clearance for taller/fatter ones if they could be changed.
Thank you

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin


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#3
June 4, 2009 at 14:50:37
There are tutorials on the net for changing caps....and I bet you can find some for about 17 cents apiece.

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#4
June 4, 2009 at 16:41:10
I'm sorry...Don't mean to be rude but I really don't know how that helped me in any way. Considering, tutorials is the first place I checked, and you can't ask a "tutorial" a question. Which brings me here. I know HOW to change the caps (the basics, or as basic as you can get when it comes to that) the problem was/is what I described above. And what are you referring to at being 17cents a piece?

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
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#5
June 4, 2009 at 18:20:48
"I didn't scrape the old off and put new on if thats what your asking"

Then you did it wrong. Once you break the bond, the old thermal material has to be completely removed from both the heatsink & CPU, then fresh paste applied. Personally I don't use Arctic Silver...never have, never will. I use the cheap Radio Shack stuff & it's never failed me.

How are your soldering & desoldering skills? Do you have a decent soldering gun & a "solder sucker"?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.aoaforums.com/frontpage/...

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/arti...

http://www.capacitorlab.com/replaci...


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#6
June 4, 2009 at 20:09:12
Okay, well thank you for being so blunt. And pointing out the fact that I did it wrong. And yes I know how to solder which, again..is not the reason I'm here or the question I asked. Maybe I'm in the wrong forum.....thanks any way.

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