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TopDogJW

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#1 10 years ago

I have a friends computer here that I'm going to help him fix, it's a eMachine T6532 - eMachines : T6532 Product Details He says he had it checked out and it's the motherboard that went out, so we decide to just replace the motherboard for $50 or so. Anyways, the technology in this computer is starting to get a bit old, and it's hard to find a motherboard that is the same as the previous one inside this computer, I have found a few but they seem to always be missing some accessory (driver CD or I/O shield). So my question is, what can I skip out on if need be? I/O shield? Driver CD? Or do I need them both? I could skip out on the I/O shield, it wouldn't be too bad to not have it... Here's some of the motherboards I found. Asus A8N-LA GeForce 6150 LE Socket 939 mATX MB w/VID SND LAN Asus A8N-LA ASUS MOTHERBOARD SOCKET 939 A8N-LA GeForce 6150 LE LOOK - eBay (item 350075860970 end time Jul-07-08 19:00:00 PDT) I have also tried Newegg, but they didn't have anything. P.S. On a side note, he got this computer 2 years ago, in the first year the motherboard went out, he had it on warranty and eMachines replaced it. Then a year after that, it went out again and here we sit. So... cooling issues maybe? The case doesn't look very ventilated and only has one fan...




RadioShackRob

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#2 10 years ago
TopDogJW;4422421I have a friends computer here that I'm going to help him fix, it's a eMachine T6532 - eMachines : T6532 Product Details He says he had it checked out and it's the motherboard that went out, so we decide to just replace the motherboard for $50 or so. Anyways, the technology in this computer is starting to get a bit old, and it's hard to find a motherboard that is the same as the previous one inside this computer, I have found a few but they seem to always be missing some accessory (driver CD or I/O shield). So my question is, what can I skip out on if need be? I/O shield? Driver CD? Or do I need them both? I could skip out on the I/O shield, it wouldn't be too bad to not have it... Here's some of the motherboards I found. Asus A8N-LA GeForce 6150 LE Socket 939 mATX MB w/VID SND LAN Asus A8N-LA ASUS MOTHERBOARD SOCKET 939 A8N-LA GeForce 6150 LE LOOK - eBay (item 350075860970 end time Jul-07-08 19:00:00 PDT) I have also tried Newegg, but they didn't have anything. P.S. On a side note, he got this computer 2 years ago, in the first year the motherboard went out, he had it on warranty and eMachines replaced it. Then a year after that, it went out again and here we sit. So... cooling issues maybe? The case doesn't look very ventilated and only has one fan...

eMachines are notorious for bad motherboards, so don't sweat over the cooling. And you never should use driver CDs anyways. The drivers are always old. Get the newest ones straight off the internet. And you don't need the shield either, but if its included, thats always good!




TopDogJW

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#3 10 years ago
RadioShackRob;4422521eMachines are notorious for bad motherboards, so don't sweat over the cooling. And you never should use driver CDs anyways. The drivers are always old. Get the newest ones straight off the internet. And you don't need the shield either, but if its included, thats always good!

Sounds good! Thanks.




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#4 10 years ago
RadioShackRob;4422521And you don't need the shield either, but if its included, thats always good!

I beg your pardon! I would not dare leave out an I/O shield on any product, or repair I charged for.

The I/O Shield provides additional protection from dust, dirt, moisture, and provides extra support for the ports on the rear of the case.

AS Rob said about the Driver CD though, I wouldn't even sweat it. They are all but useless these days.




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#5 10 years ago

I found a motherboard with everything I needed. :D But, I remembered... I'm going to need some new sticky heat conductor material for the processors heat sink aren't I? I've never really dealt with having to replace that stuff before and I'm not quite sure where to buy some or what is the right stuff. Also, I wanna make sure I replace it correctly and without problems, are there any guides somewhere for this? Or does someone here know much about this? Thanks ahead of time!




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#6 10 years ago
Jetart CK4800 Nano Diamond Thermal Compound

You just put a little dab of it in the middle of the heatsink and press down to make sure that the thermal compound has spread evenly across the whole cpu. Its no big deal.

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appinstruct/cmq/ins_cmq_amd_dual_wcap.pdf




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#7 10 years ago
TopDogJW;4434396Also, I wanna make sure I replace it correctly and without problems, are there any guides somewhere for this? Or does someone here know much about this?

Its pretty much basic. So most any Tech Savvy member of the forum can walk you through installing a motherboard. A few can do it blindfolded, with both hands tied behind their backs...

Guidelines...

1. Minimize Static Electricity. Walk across the room a couple of times, and then put your hand on the door nob. Did it shock you? If so, then you need to find another room to work in.

2. Unplug the Computer, and THEN press the power switch again, to clear the residual charge.

3. Keep your hand on the Power Supply, or get a "Grounding Strap" to eliminate the risk of a static surge...

4. Remove any Cards, or Rear Ports first. Make sure you remove any PCI cards, before trying to remove the board. Not only do the cards keep the board locked in place, they can also hide additions screws in the board itself.

Be careful when unplugging the drive cables, some cheaper ones (e-Machines) can tear easily, forcing you to have to replace them as well. That said, it is best to get them out of your way, so you can have room to work.

5. Organize your Screws, etc... When you pull anything off of a computer, you want room to organize, and categorize them, so they get put back properly. This is not usually an issue with computers, but it is a good habit anyway. Plus, it makes sure there are no extra parts,...

6. When connecting the Front Panel cables, be sure that you know which polarities match up (positive, or negative). Make a note of how they were originally connected.

The system speaker, and front panel buttons will not short if connected incorrectly, they simply will not work right, if at all. However, front USB, and/or media card slots can short out if connected improperly.

7. Reinserting the Processor. First, remove the heatsink. Then lift the Zero-Insertion Force lever, and ease the processor into the socket. No force necessary. Then lower the level to lock the processor in place. Don't forget the heatsink grease, or pad... :)

A common mistake in these parts, is to not use the ZIF lever when reinserting the processor. This causes the computer to just not boot whatsoever. And most techs do not consider this problem first.

8. Boot Windows in Safe Mode, to reduce the risk of a driver related crash.... Be prepared to reinstall Windows.