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Have you tried going emachines.com? They should have a list of drivers for your computer

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on May 29, 2014

I would suggest this generic Power On switch,

1) http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html,

and the Red, and Black twisted pair of wires go to the Power On switch.

Your statement of ,"....don't know which of the colored pairs of wires go.....", leads me to believe you may have all of the Front Panel wires disconnected.

How about information as to where ALL the Front Panel wires go?
(Provided I have correctly interpreted your statement)

Back in the time that the eMachines T2542 was made, TriGem was the motherboard manufacturer.

The Model Name of the motherboard is Imperial, and the Model Number of the motherboard, could have been one of four variations offered.

Model Name: Imperial
Model numbers could be G, GL, GV, or GLVE
(Imperial G, Imperial GL, Imperial GV, or Imperial GLVE)

ALL four variations used the same Front Panel header.
(The connector on the motherboard the Front Panel wires connect to, is named the Front Panel header)

I would like you to view this page,


Scroll down to the heading -
Trigem Imperial Front Panel Header Pinout.

A) Pins 1, 2, and 3 are for the Power On LED light.

B) Pins 5 and 6 are for the HarDDrive activity LED light.
(Pin 4 is not used. NC. No Connection)

C) Pins 7 and 8 are for the Power On switch

D) I wouldn't connect any wires to Pins 9 and 10, nor Pins 11 and 12

E) Pins 14 and 15 are for the Reset switch. (The button you press to restart your computer.
If the T2542 doesn't have a Reset switch, don't worry about it. There are many other ways to restart your computer)

F) Pins 17 18, and 20 are for an internal speaker.
This speaker is used for BIOS Beep Codes.

In the chart to the right, you will see GRD used many times.
GRD stands for Ground.
ANY Black wire in the twisted pair of wires, is a Ground wire.

Most of the eMachines I have worked on, use a Red, and Black pair of twisted wires for the Power On switch.
I could be mistaken on the T2542.

Best method, is to follow the color code of the wires that come from Pins 7 and 8, and be sure.

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Oct 21, 2012

here the link for the drivers on your unit http://support.gateway.com/us/en/emac/product/default.aspx?modelId=1511 just download the driver for your audio. Hope it works!

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Apr 27, 2011

Probably a dead power-supply.
Take the computer to any computer-store,
so that they can remove it, match it up with a replacement,
and install the replacement power-supply.

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Oct 09, 2010

I would create a boot CD on another system and insert it into your cd drive then boot the system. With the boot disk you will be able to format the drive without having the computer access the hard drive. You may need to enter you bios and set it to boot from the CD first.

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Jun 26, 2010

A Computer Motherboard Diagram motherboard-diagram-01.jpg Once you know what you are looking at, you can recognize the components on any motherboard layout. A computer motherboard diagram is very useful for when you need to replace motherboard, do motherboard upgrades, troubleshoot motherboard, or build your own computer.
  1. PCI Slot - This board has 2 PCI slots. These can be used for components such as Ethernet cards, sound cards, and modems.
  2. PCI-E 16x Slot - There are 2 of them on this motherboard diagram, both are blue. These are used for your graphics card. With two of them onboard, you can run 2 graphics cards in SLI. You would only need this if you are a gamer, or working with high end video / graphics editing. These are the 16x speed versions, which are currently the fastest.
  3. PCI-E 1x Slot - Single slot - In the PCIe 1.x generation, each lane (1x) carries 250 MB/s compared to 133 MB/s for the PCI slots. These can be used for expansion cards such as Sound Cards, or Ethernet Cards.
  4. Northbridge - This is the Northbridge for this motherboard. This allows communication between the CPU and the system memory and PCI-E slots.
  5. ATX 12V 2X and 4 Pin Power Connection Power Connection - This is one of two power connections that supply power to the motherboard. This connection will come from your Power Supply.
  6. CPU-Fan Connection - This is where your CPU fan will connect. Using this connection over one from your power supply will allow the motherboard to control the speed of your fan, based on the CPU temperature.
  7. Socket - This is where your CPU will plug in. The orange bracket that is surrounding it is used for high end heat sinks. It helps to support the weight of the heat sink.
  8. Memory Slots - These are the slots for your RAM. Most boards will have 4 slots, but some will only have 2. The color coding you see on the motherboard diagram is used to match up RAM for Dual-Channel. Using them this way will give your memory a speed boost.
  9. ATX Power Connector - This is the second of two power connections. This is the main power connection for the motherboard, and comes from the Power Supply.
  10. IDE Connection - The IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) is the connection for your hard drive or CD / DVD drive. Most drives today come with SATA connections, so you may not use this.
  11. Southbridge - This is the controller for components such as the PCI slots, onboard audio, and USB connections.
  12. SATA Connections - These are 4 of the 6 SATA connections on the motherboard. These will be used for hard drives, and CD / DVD drives.
  13. Front Panel Connections - this is where you will hook in the connections from your case. These are mostly the different lights on your case, such as power on, hard drive activity etc.
  14. FDD Connection - The FDD is the Floppy Disk controller. If you have a floppy disk drive in your computer, this is where you will hook it up.
  15. External USB Connections - This is where you will plug in external USB connections for your case or USB bracket.
  16. CMOS battery - This is the motherboard's battery. This is used to allow the CMOS to keep its settings.

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Jun 02, 2010

Good day sir, hi, the realtek you downloaded maybe is not the correct driver, the driver is the ALC202 from this website: http://mxdtr.com/index.php/category/emachines-trigem-imperial-g-motherboard-driver-drivers-download/

You can visit this site for the driver:

Run the driver once again, when windows detect the device, dont reply, just let the driver finish the installation. then restart the pc. thats it. thanks

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Nov 04, 2009

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E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Oct 05, 2009

I don't have the same model as you, but I think you're having the same issue as me. I'm assuming the switch on the front has physically "stuck" in the case? First of all, restart your computer and enter the BIOS. This is usually done by hitting the Del, F1, or F2 key as it is starting up. It may even tell you which key to press as it is starting. Once you're in, look around for the setting which governs what the computer should do when power is lost. Adjust the setting so the computer switches itself back on when power is restored, then hit F10 to save your settings and exit. If someone shuts the computer off after this, you can get it back on by switching it off at the wall for 5 minutes and then switching it back on. The PC will register power loss/restoration and hopefully come on on its own __ As for an actual solution, I can't find spare parts. In the end, I cut a hole in the front of the case and wired my own switch in. If you decide to go this route, it is better to use a biased switch ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switch#Biased_switches ) as it mimics the function of the original. You might be able to temporarily fix the stuck switch by taking off the little silver cover with the 'e' on, then using a paperclip, pencil, or screwdriver (all of which i have used before) to pull it back into its original position. Hope this helps

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Jun 15, 2009

just give it a name like "rick computer" or "my pc" it is for identifying ur pc on the network, nothing special needed and it does not have to be the same as the old one makes no difference. Something has to be there though.


E-Machines T2542... | Answered on May 26, 2009

first battary problem change cmos either its cercuit of battry

E-Machines T2542... | Answered on Apr 08, 2009

download hirons bootcd off google then burn it to a disc with free iso burner and follow instructions on youtube how to change password How To Reset Forgotten Password Windows Xp Vista 7 Hirens Boot

E-Machines T... | Answered on Feb 11, 2015

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E-Machines T... | Answered on Feb 11, 2015

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E-Machines T... | Answered on May 09, 2014

Hi Keith... here is all I could find on this machine, I assume this is how yours is set up. Component details are almost impossible to get on E-machine units, they just do not provide them.
  • Processor Intel Celeron D 356 / 3.33 GHz
  • Memory 512.0 MB / 2.0 GB (max)
  • Hard Drive 120.0 GB - 7200.0 rpm
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista
First, you want to check to see if your proc even can be changed; many of E-machine procs are permanently attached to the motherboard and cannot be removed; this is the cheapest way to manufacture a computer, and E-machines is bottom of the line quality computer (no insult intended, just fact). Since I don't know what CPU socket the T3604 has I can't tell you if the Intel CPU would fit it. Next, I don't know what the Northbridge is running at; if it is less than 1066 there will be a bottleneck and there is no significant gain. At this point, I suggest that you not spend a lot of money on this, better to save and build your own computer. If you are a hardcore gamer looking for high framerates you really don't want this machine. Better to load in more RAM if you have no other options. Here is something I ran across:
If I had the above details I could give you an answer.

E-Machines T... | Answered on Mar 22, 2014

www.dynamite.com might still sell what you want :> Just kiddding!
Try a complete wiping of the hard-drive unless you are doing an upgrade, you will lose all data on the drive. If that doesn't work, you might not be running enough ram memory for 7 to run cleanly on you machiine, go ahead and upgrade.
Hope this helps!

E-Machines T... | Answered on Sep 26, 2013

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