New PC eMachine T2240 ... Figuring it out...

Emachines T2240 desktop
December 26, 2009 at 15:41:57
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.6 GHz / 512 MB
I have a nice new computer... Nothing cutting edge, but still an improvement on the one that doesn't like videocard drivers and generally just doesn't work right...

Unfortunately, it doesn't have a damn AGP slot for a card to go in, just an on-board Intel "Extreme Graphics" thing. Never knew 64mb was extreme. However, it still works with the games I need as the CPU is good enough to make up for it.

I assume PCIE can't be installed on this thing, but yeah... No AGP slot. There is, however, a space for one. Should I bother getting some guy in a shop to install this...? If I'm lucky he'll break it and I get a brand new one with PCIE and DDR2... It is now my dream to own a PC with those...

Now I have an eMachines 2240 with Intel Celeron or whatever... 2.6GHz crushes my old proccessor which could only achieve that if heavily overclocked.

But I think overclocking is out of the question for this computer. Not that I want to, but it seems to run at a much higher temp than my old one. Is 60*c bad? I reckon not since it's a CPU. But I did expect lower considering it has a crazily good fan over it as well as an extractor fan at the back.

But that's one of my main questions... The fan on this thing acts oddly. I assume it's just part of it's feature, but for some reason it spins REALLY fast every now and then. Loudly. Which ends up cooling it down to about 50*C. Is this some sort of technique of it's to up the fan power, only when needed?

The only problems are that it always does this while playing games and it's a little annoying. I can deal with it, but I want to be sure that even though it is an intended feature, it's not doing it because the CPU is too hot or anything... I want to be delicate with this until I set up stuff to earn money for a superduper one. lol.

And another thing... The real annoying part of this computer is the bootup. It's fast once it gets past the BIOS stuff, but what is with

"Auto-detecting USB devices" (or w/e)...?

It takes ages and if I have my phone plugged into it when booting, it stops there. Maybe it's not stopped, maybe it's just taking a long time to find out what it is... But jeez... How do I deactivate this thing? It has built-in memory-card reader which accounts as 4 of these USB devices, so it has to load them every time... Not too slow with them, but still...

I've tried turning off "Detect USB Bootable Drives" or w/e, but that didn't work. What is the point of this feature anyway? How often does someone boot from a mobile phone? Or a wireless dialup dongle?

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December 26, 2009 at 16:19:35
I stopped reading your post after.

You can't install an AGP slot. The motherboard manufacturer would have been the one to do that. Intel got really cheap with that series of motherboards.

The fan on the emachines is speeding up in response to the CPU temperature rising.

If this computer is used then I suggest you open the case and blow it out good using canned or compressed air. Do not use a vacuum cleaner. Be sure to blow out the power supply from both ends too. This will be a messy job so you may want to take the case outside.

Also be careful of static discharge. Your body can hold a static charge, which can damage the hardware in your case. Tough the metal case and then unplug the computer before touching anything inside.

Remove your memory cards when not in use for faster boot times.

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December 26, 2009 at 16:45:52
"Intel got really cheap with that series of motherboards"

They were probably built specifically for emachines as a low spec entry level system. Many of these type boards came out in slightly different versions to meet different OEM requirements and it seems a bit unfair to blame Intel for the cheapness. If the OP wanted upgradeability the time to research that was before buying the cheapie.

Note. I do not work for nor have any shares in Intel

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 26, 2009 at 17:05:16
Meh... Looks like a blatent space for an AGP slot. Just above PCI as usual and the right distance away from the back of the computer for it to fit... What's more, there is a space on the back of the PC next to where it is for the video cable to plug in... Why wouldn't it be there?

Is there a way to disable the USB scanning completely? The memory card thing also has the only front USB port and considering having all my wires going into the back is a huge hassle, I hoped to use this one for a multi USB thing...

Also, removing the memory card device doesn't stop it scanning anything else. And the memory card device scans pretty fast anyway. Without it, it still pauses to scan for the USB devices and this takes the longest time.

The computer was very dusty when I got it, but most of it was in the same few areas and got most of it out. Pretty small and fidelly case to work with, too. I'll try and do it some more later.

60*C a high temp? My old one had the option to freak out at 70*C which I set in the BIOS, but it's max freakout limit was over 100*C which I was suprised about at the time (boiling point, lol).

I also need a new Hard Drive. Apart from the 40GB one, I have my old, 80GB one that used to tick a lot and now just makes a moaning sound every now and then (like a fat cat in a metal case)... Well, it's been doing that for ages... My important stuff is backed up.

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December 26, 2009 at 18:56:12

Your explanation about those boards might work if it weren't for the fact that Intel itself manufactured and sold boards under their name that were advertised as AGP graphics and had no AGP slot.

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December 27, 2009 at 00:22:28
"I have a nice new computer..."

The T2240 is hardly new:

"...with Intel Celeron or whatever... 2.6GHz crushes my old proccessor which could only achieve that if heavily overclocked"

The link above says it's a 2.2GHz Celeron with only 128k L2 cache & runs at 400MHz FSB (100MHz frequency). Depending on what your old CPU was, the Celeron may actually be slower.

This is not a good gaming machine. The CPU is weak, there's not enough RAM, the integrated graphics suck & it only has PCI slots for a graphics upgrade. I sure hope you didn't pay much for it?

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December 27, 2009 at 10:36:18
My old CPU was AMD Athlon XP 2400+, I believe. 1.2GHz by default which I overclocked to 2GHz.

It was a gift for £100 that I was asked if I wanted beforehand. Given the state of my computer, I decided that even though it wasn't the "gaming computer" I wanted, it was still a massive improvement and worth having since I needed one urgently.

I don't get what's so important about having a ultra fast computer anyway. For now all I need is something that runs the programs in which my hobbies/(hopefully) future jobs are based around... Dreamweaver, Sony Vegas, Fireworks/Photoshop, Flash, Delphi and Fruityloops.

The only stuff I do with gaming is modding GTA: San Andreas' code and the older GTA's. I'm really interested in the new physics and realism-based games that are supposed to make it seem real. Although when I can afford luxory, I'll give it a go :P

According to PCWizard, the CPU is around 2666.80 (2.6GHz and then some?).

I'm not sure (after looking at those specs) that my computer actually is the T2240... However it does say "2240" on a front lable. It's similar, but I don't have AC'97 audio. I have 512MB of RAM, not 256 (however, the label on front says 256MB). I have better CPU and it has a DVD RW drive, not a CD-rom. Also, it says 2 front USB ports. I have 1.

Anyway, I got rid of a loada dust stuck in the heatsync... Which has cooled it down to 50*C-ish... However, at times it can still go up to 58*C. I'm wondering if it's safe to assume that problem is fixed now? I see little dust besides from a bit on the board, near the RAM which I cant get rid off without a anti-static brush of some sort.

I think my unstable hard drive may be slowing down the CPU quite a bit... Still transferring files so I can get a new one.

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December 27, 2009 at 10:56:32
"It was a gift for £100". Where I live paying for something doesn't make it a gift. I am in the US. Isn't that about $165 dollars? If so, that is a lot for that computer.

You do need to learn that clock speed alone is not a good measure of performance.

Your original Athlon computer was designed to run faster than 1.2GHz. You were under clocking it at that speed. Below are the correct specs for that chip.

Athlon XP 2400+ 2000 MHz 256 KB 266 MT/s 15x 1.60 V 65.3 W (B) August 21, 2002 AXDA2400DUV3C

Just running it at designed clock speeds it should perform as well or better than the newer rig.

"I think my unstable hard drive may be slowing down the CPU quite a bit... Still transferring files so I can get a new one."

What is unstable about your hard drive? Download the drive fitness tool for your drive from the manufacturer and run it. If it comes back clean than any problems you have are not hard drive related.

From all you have posted I suggest you need to bring yourself up to speed on both computer hardware and software.

One thing I can suggest to you. Quit using a brush to clean the insides. Get a can of compressed air and blow it out. A brush can't possibly reach most of the areas affected by dust/dirt. Do not use a vacuum cleaner.

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December 27, 2009 at 15:29:29
No, it can't perform better. It's broken. It's unstable and pauses after a certain time of running and won't run gfx cards with drivers installed as after some time it stalls. If I started a game like that, it would stall pretty much instantly.

I didn't pay for the new one. Doesn't affect the price though... I urgently needed a computer and it's definitely cheaper than most other things.

This computer is definitely faster than my old. 1.2GHz was just it's default (to keep it safe aparently). 1.6GHz is what the book says that it should be if there are no problems. I overclocked it to 2.0GHz. While I and benchmarking programs noticed no speed gain from the overclock of 800Mhz, it seemed to affect the temperature quite a bit. I kept it overclocked just by the assumption that it had made a difference.

Signs that my hard drive are unstable are the fact it used to tick like mad, it makes a moaning sound now and there have been many scary times of diskcheck screens where a load of things have been detected on that drive... I should've replaced it a long time ago. And I'm also pretty sure stuff has been going missing... As well as certain files being undeletable because they're corrupted in some way. I scanned my drive with some program which gave me a view statistics of the drive, which were pretty bad compared to others I've had.

I've had another 80GB hard drive that completely died after only months of owning it which left me very confused. But again, my other hard drive was still throwing up errors along with it while it was dying. I thought it was my original HDD dying since it had more errors. But aparently not.

Anyway, I'm able to run what I want now, after months of being unable to do anything. So I'm happy with my new computer as a temporary thing until I can afford to make my own computer. I should eventually get £300 to spend on it as well as whatever else I manage to scrounge along the way.

Ahh, hopefully it'd have DDR2 (or even 3) and PCIE... The two direct blows I had when I first found out how old my computer was.

I'm running the only game I want cardless... Although I'm still certain that an AGP slot can be installed on this computer, not just because there's a blatent space for it... But also because, when further inspecting it, I noticed the motherboard says "AGP Slot" next to the space... Which has definitely got to be a AGP space, right? Or do Intel suck so much they just made a board just like another board of theirs but disabled AGP?

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December 27, 2009 at 15:43:27
You can't have an AGP slot installed on the motherboard. I know there is a space where it should go.

Motherboards are at least 4 layers of circuits thick. Some even six. You can't do it.

Buy another computer. Spending L300 on that rig is not smart. The rig is sorely dated.

For the amount you want to spend you can buy a much better computer. You don't need to buy a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. I can't show you where to go in the UK but I will link an American site as an example.

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December 27, 2009 at 17:27:56
Heh, nice to see I could even get a Quad Core w/ 500GB HDD and a good gfx card for around £250.

I'll probably try using Google Products to search for something. No rush though.. I have all I need for now until I get my website set up properly so I can earn money through it.

Thanks for the help.

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