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parkers
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2005-08-18T13:53:15Z
Hi,
I need some help with a computer my friend let me have. They had lightning strike and the only thing they noticed was the power buttons led wasnt working, but after a while the whole thing went dead. They took it to a company that charged them $80 to tell them that everything was dead, but i found out that the video card, hard drive, and cd drives worked, and i think that the processor is still good, from a post in a forum where the guy said that you can tell if its fried because the capacitors will be blown out on the top where the x is, and there all perfect. The PSU was blown and i bought a new one from newegg, but the power strip for it is 4 pegs to long, but it fit in anyways (could this become a problem?) When i fliped the PSU on, the HDD led went on constantly and the CPU fan started spinning for 15 seconds, then it smelled like burnt comp. chips, and after everything went off, smoke came out of the motherboard by the RAM.
the specs are as follows:
eMachines T2080, 2000+ Athlon XP, 512 MB DDR RAM, 80 gig hd, ati radeon 9000 series grafix card, and a 16x DVD drive.

tl;dr- I need to reserect a burnt comp for my MAME cabinet, how can I tell if JUST the motherboard is fried, or if its a bigger problem?
Kronstadt
2005-08-18T14:18:32Z
Some eMachines were built with proprietary PSUs, so putting a regular one could fry it, if it wasn't fried already. I don't think that applies to all eMachines, I guess the only way to check is to look up your particular model or contact eMachines.

The extra four connections on the PSU connector are meant for motherboards with PCIE ports, but will work fine on a 20 pin motherboard.
RIZAX
2005-08-18T20:01:56Z
From working on emachines for the geek squad for a few months I will tell you that most PSU's that you get for the emachines really wont fit in a standard chasis and you do need to buy a replacement directly from the company. If something was smoking by the RAM, a trace was probably cut or the ram just smoked itself. I would say that the mombo has had it.
parkers
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2005-08-19T13:15:45Z
Thanks for your help, but now I need to know, is the PSU the only thing not normal on the Emachines (I studied it, and at first glance both plugs are the exact same, but on the emachines PSU there was a brown and pink cable added to the normal ones)? Im thinking about swapping out the motherboard and attaching everything to this one- Motherboard Link. Will that work? I think the RAM is good, and it was just a trace that was smoking. I really want this computer for my MAME cabinet as its currently running on an old PowerPC mac!!