eMachines t3656 will not start up
my emachines t3656 runs great but it will not
boot up unless i reset the bios i try to bios
update wont work any help
Desktops developed by eMachines. eMachines has since been discontinued by the Acer Group.
I am taking it that since you have not responded to oldturkey03 about post errors that you are not getting any. You also state that the system runs great, when running. I am guessing then that the system just hangs while loading the operating system. I would try reinstalling your operating system and drivers since this does not sound like a hardware failure.
Since you reinstalled Vista, I lean towards when the BIOS is reset from the jumper that it goes into a fail safe mode with no hardware detection, so you can boot and get into the BIOS. When the computer is shut down it relearns itself. My first thoughts are faulty memory or faulty memory slot. Possibly a bad HD controller or cable. I've seen several computers with bad sata cables make it part way through loading the operating system then hang.
I don't think it is an OS error since it seems to get fixed whenever he restarts his computer, which should not happen if it would be a Vista issue. I tried to determine which would be the variable that changes with the Bios reset to default and why the BIOS is not saving it. That is why I as thinking to check for faulty memory as well as to turn of the Automatic detection of the drives....I am not sure if his BIOS has Fail Safe Options.
I'm guessing the eMachine is using the PCChips motherboard... if so then that is your problem... it's a bad motherboard and will need to be replaced with a different make/model. Any miniATX motherboard will fit the case. Just make sure you find one that uses the same CPU and memory as the original board.
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