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Power Supply Advice

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#1 Crizz44


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Posted 03 February 2006 - 09:18 PM

[size=2]I have a friend who has an eMachine T2682, the 250 watt power supply went out and burnt up the motherboard after 13 months of owning the computer.
I have another friend who has the emachine T2984 model and doesn't seem to be having problems with it, but we are wondering if we should replace the power supply before it causes the same problem.
These 2 models had different motherboards and I found many complaints on the T2682. I am not finding complaints on the T2984 and she is not having any problems so far. She has owned it almost a year now.

EMachine T2984
CPU: Intel® Celeron® D 340 Processor
Operates at 2.93GHz
256KB L2 cache & 533MHz FSB
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Chipset: Intel 845GV chipset
Memory: 512MB DDR (PC 2700)
Expandable to 2GB
Hard Drive: 80GB HDD
Optical Drive: 48x Max. CD-RW Drive; 16x Max. DVD Drive
Media Reader: 8-in-1 digital media manager (USB 2.0, Secure Digital (SD), Smart Media, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Micro Drive, Multimedia Card)
Video: Intel® Extreme Graphics 3D
64MB Shared memory
Sound: AC '97 Audio
Network: Intel PRO 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
Modem: 56K ITU v.92-ready Fax/Modem
Peripherals: Standard Multimedia Keyboard, 2-Button Wheel Mouse, Amplified Stereo Speakers
Ports/Other: 5 USB 2.0 ports (1 in Media Manager; 4 in back), 1 Serial, 1 Parallel, 2 PS/2, Audio-In & Out
Dimensions: 7.25"W x 14.125"H x 16"D

She only uses the computer for word processing and internet.
I would like some advice or any similar experiences so we can decide whether or not to change the power supply now, just to be safe.
Thank you for any help you can give :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 09:52 PM

Upgrading, if you have the money, would not be a bad thing. The problem with emachines , Dell, and a few other name brand is they have the PS custom built for them so an off the shelf unit will not work.
I say go for it, but make sure the person selling it to you knows what they are doing.
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 10:10 PM

I'm of the old school, and if it aint broke...don't fix it! I wouldn't bother with it unless there is a problem, usually if the PSU fails it will not take other components with it. IMHO it would be a waste of time and money to replace it just as a precaution.

Acklan is correct about their PSUs being manufactured for them, and because of this they will have an extra special price for their product compared to off the shelf models.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 10:28 PM

Thank you for your help. I have found a compatible 400 watt power supply on ebay. KDM is the company name and they are advertising it as a replacement for this models power supply. This is the ebay item #


It's $49.89 free shipping.

I spoke with tech support for emachines and they told me any Micro ATX power supply will work.
I also believe in if it isn't broke, don't fix it. I have seen many power supplies go bad and they don't damage the motherboard.
But the research I have done on these emachines, the T2682, has shown many cases of the power supply going and damaging these emachine motherboards.
They have also discontinued both of these MBs and tech support said we would have to install a different ATX MB and buy another OS because the installation disk that came with the emachine will not install on another MB.
Do you think if I install something like Sandra Sisoftware and check on the MB temp and CPU temp, along with the psu readings, that this will be any warning if there is a problem?
Thank you again for all of your help!

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 02:45 AM

I have come across atleast 3 Emachines that have blown the power supply and it destroys the mobo as well.

Pretty weird, since most times a PSU fails it doesnt kill the mobo, but for some reason it does with these Emachines. SUX :thumbsup:

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 09:13 PM

I have had 2 more since this last eMachine. Same problem, and I agree with you totally, metafizx !!!!

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