20 Most Recent eMachines T3642 Refurbished AMD Desktop Computer - AMD Athlon 64 4000+ 2.6GHz, 1GB DDR2, 250GB SATA Questions & Answers

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eMachines T3642... | Answered on Jul 14, 2017

You may find Docs here: https://support.gateway.com/us/en/emac/product/default.aspx?modelId=1585 For future reference , take lots of pictures with a digital camera when doing a disassemble for the first time, in the future. Most of the time, NO ALL, the connectors will only fit in one connection. OR, take it to the "friend" for re-assemble.

eMachines T3642... | Answered on May 17, 2013

Okay. Let's start with the motherboard, and power cables coming from the Power Supply;

A) The eMachines T3642 Desktop PC uses a
Foxconn (WinFast) MCP61SM2MA motherboard,

1) http://www.ebay.com/itm/eMachines-T5246-T3646-T3642-4006232R-Motherboard-/140665743077?pt=Motherboards&hash=item20c054e6e5

2) http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006232R/4006232Rnv.shtml

(The Form Factor is Micro-ATX. (uATX)
It uses an AM2 processor socket )

Power unplugged from computer, AND Anti-Static Precautions FOLLOWED.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit) the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open.
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.

This action will relieve your body of Static.
IF, you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return ]

Click on the link in 1) above. This shows the bare motherboard with no hardware components attached, or power cables from the Power Supply, or any other cables attached. (Cables = Wires)

Scroll down to the photo of the motherboard.
Look at the Yellow long, Ram Memory slots, that are vertical. (2 each)
To the right of them.

A1) The whitish connector that has two columns of 12 socket holes, is the 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.

This is a general example of a 24-pin ATX power cable, and it's respective connector on the motherboard,
(NOTE* Color of power cable connector, and connector on motherboard, Does Not matter),


View the photo to the far right. Note the Lock on the power cable's connector, and the Lock Tab on the motherboard's connector.

The hooked end of the Lock, MUST be hooked over the tab, to ensure the power cable is plugged in tightly, and correctly.

A2) Look at link 1) again.
Look at the Top/Left side of the motherboard. See that whitish square connector with 4 socket holes?
That is a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power connector.

A 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable plugs into it. This power cable's connector also has a Lock,


A3) The Harddrive is a SATA unit. It has a SATA power cable that plugs into it, and a SATA data cable that plugs into it.

The SATA headers (Connectors) on the motherboard, are seen in link 1), and are to the bottom/right. There are 2.
They are Blue in color, and are above the green headers.

This is where the SATA data cable of the harddrive plugs in.
Straight connector. Elbow connector plugs into the back of the Harddrive.

The SATA data cable connector has 7 pins.
The SATA power cable has 15 pins. It is the longer connector,


Which SATA header on the motherboard, should the SATA harddrive's data cable plug into?
SATA1. The top header. (Connector)

The beauty of SATA however, is that you can connect in EITHER connector, and BIOS will find the harddrive.

Note the L shape on the inside of the power cable connector, and the data cable connector. There is a matching L shape for the connectors on the motherboard, and the back of the Harddrive. Line these up when installing the cables.

A4) The optical drive/s (CD/DVD drive) may be SATA, but I'm betting the optical drive/s are IDE. (PATA)

The optical drive/s will use a flat ribbon cable, for a data cable, and it plugs into the long Blue connector, seen in link 1), to the bottom right of the whitish 24-pin ATX main power cable connector.

On the flat ribbon cable is a faint red stripe. It is on one side, and the side that has number 1 pin.

To line the cable up correctly when installing To the motherboard, use the cutout in the connector. The flat ribbon cable's connector, should have a Lug on the outside, which lines up with the cutout.

IF NOT, the faint red stripe side of the cable, goes down towards the bottom of the motherboard.

Looking at the photo, and the IDE (PATA) connector on the motherboard, number 1 pin is at the Bottom/Right corner, of the motherboard connector.

The flat ribbon cable's Lug, also lines up with a cutout in the connector, at the back of the optical drive.

IF the cutout is not present at the back of the optical drive, or there isn't a Lug on the connector, the faint red stripe goes to the RIGHT side of the optical drive.

(Doesn't matter if the flat ribbon cable is twisted. The faint red stripe ALWAYS goes toward the power cable connection, on a drive.
Harddrive, or optical drive.

Number 1 pin is the pin closest to the power cable connection on the drive.

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eMachines T3642... | Answered on Feb 04, 2012

RAM problem so clean by rubber

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eMachines T3642... | Answered on Feb 18, 2011

First of all to say....that your second assumption may be the right-one. Please contact either your Processor Vendor or your Motherboard Vendor to check your Motherboard or your Processor's compatibility to each other. If this combination goes right......then there may be problem of correct assembling. Please check all the connections before starting your computer. We are not able to give you just the proper solution because we are assuming some possibilities as we are helping you from far away.

eMachines T3642... | Answered on Dec 31, 2010

This is a problem with the RAM. It is all explained in my tip entitled My Computer is not turning on!!! Is it dead!!! No POST!!!

Thanking you

eMachines T3642... | Answered on Nov 12, 2010

This is normal as the processor just sits on the connectors. Just put it back and reconnect the heat sink properly.

Make sure that you do not bend the nearby power supply capacitors in the process. There is a separate cord (four prongs) to supply power to processor, check if it is securely connected.

You should not have undertaken the task if you were not sure in the first place. Without visual inspection I can only give generic solutions.

The processor must be seated properly with the heatsink and then turned on. If it is turned on without the heatsink it will burn/overheat immediately. If the processor is not seated properly, the pc will not turn on. Just follow the correct seating procedure and try again. Remember not to bend or break any connectors and capacitors nearby.

If it still does not turn on, you may have bent processor contact pins. This means bad news but can be handled. Take a magnifying glass and inspect the processor and seat and check for bent pins. You can use tweezers to adjust if any found. If your pc makes any beeps, let me know or consult the manual for beep codes.

eMachines T3642... | Answered on Sep 25, 2010

Sounds like one of the cards may have been fried or not completely reinstalled during the process. Did you wear an ESD wrist strap while you worked on it? Number one killer of hardware is static shock. Remove all of the cards while wearing a wrist strap and see if it will stay on. Did you ADD a new card?? Then your power supply probably needs an upgrade.

eMachines T3642... | Answered on Feb 09, 2010

Go Here once your there click on your product the drivers there are pretty updated thanks
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eMachines T3642... | Answered on Dec 08, 2009

if you have the disc that come with your computer get the drivers from there.

eMachines T... | Answered on Nov 18, 2016

Guessing, but it sounds like your hard drive has been damaged. You may need a new drive, or at least repairs. If you have a "rescue disk", give that a try.

eMachines T... | Answered on Sep 05, 2015

Here's a video on how I fixed my emachines boot problem. Almost anything can get in the way of your computer booting. Software, hard drive, RAM, motherboard, processor, etc. Below the video, I attached a link to a tip I made about computer crashes. Computer Crashes and Electrolytic Capacitors

eMachines T... | Answered on Jul 01, 2015

Please specify how exactly you're trying to make them work, what machine you're trying to make them work with, and what kind of connection your speakers are using.

General info:

Speakers usually get connected via 3,5 mm plug into the green round socket in the back or front of your computer. In Windows, if your speakers are properly connected and set up, right click on the sound pictogram in your taskbar and choose "Playback devices". Set your speakers to be the default playback device by left-clicking on the preferred device of your choise and clicking the button "Set default" below.

eMachines T... | Answered on Aug 04, 2014

In general, you have to order recovery disks from the manufacturer of the machine.
In your case eMachines Store eRecovery is where you can order it, or you can initiate a discussion with tech support.
Also, many machines give you the option to burn your own recovery media when you first set it up. Most people skip this step. You should do this before you have problems. Search your machine for the word Recovery and see if you have an installer routine there.
Here are instructions to create a recovery disk on a USB stick
Create USB recovery drive Windows Help

eMachines T... | Answered on Jul 30, 2014

Check your monitor cable connections. If not solved, try a different monitor.

eMachines T... | Answered on May 08, 2014

Flashing the bios is a last-ditch move. What happened before that?
Did it work before you flashed it? If the unit is interrupted during clash, or if it is the wrong bios, your goose could be cooked.
Read this:
There may be something you can use, especially if you have a floppy drive (a real one, not a usb-one).
You maybe can use flash drive in the usb port, but that's a long shot.
Good luck with that. I'd be looking at a new motherboard. They can be had pretty cheaply.

eMachines T... | Answered on Dec 17, 2013

I understand that you want to reinstall the Operating System on the computer. Select models have the ability to have the operating system reinstalled from a hidden drive built into the computer. To start the system recovery:
  1. Restart the computer
  2. When the eMachines logo appears on the screen, press the Alt and F10 keys repeatedly.
  3. When prompted with a boot screen, hit the Enter key.
  4. After the system recovery program has loaded, follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system.
If the ability to reinstall from the previous method is not available or fails during the recovery, recovery of the operating system will need to be from Recovery Media.
  1. Insert the disk labeled System CD into the computer's disk drive and restart the computer.
  2. When the eMachines logo appears on the screen, press the F12 key repeatedly.
  3. Select either CDROM or DVD as the boot device, this may vary depending on the system.
  4. When prompted for the Recovery CD, remove the System CD and insert the Recovery CD.
  5. Note: If there are multiple Recovery CDs, please insert the first Recovery CD.
  6. After the system recovery program has loaded follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system.

Refer the URL for more information and for the link to order the Recovery media if required.

eMachines T... | Answered on Nov 19, 2013

According to the port you have(pcle x16 or pcle x16 2.0), buy a new graphic card , open up the cpu cover and replace it with the old one.

eMachines T... | Answered on Nov 28, 2012

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