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I remember way back when (OK, like 10 years ago) PC power supplies just about never went kaput. Yeah, sure, you might've tried to add yet another SCSI hard drive only to find that the factory install had to be tossed and replaced with something weened on steroids. But the power supplies basically never fried and died. It used to be the big joke when newbies would wander into the shop carrying a power supply with wires hanging like a dead octopus's tentacles. Like screwdriver mechanics of old figgering that carburetors were the root of all car problems, the wannabe Sherlock DOS would see where the power cord went in. Observing no lights, a bad power supply was the elementary conclusion. It was a laugh for all the techies 'cause power supplies were like the ONLY thing that never went bad.
That was then.
Now, power supplies bite the dust all the time. Generally, it's no big deal. Just pull the dead unit and stick in a new one. If you just want to get another year or so out of a basically over-the-hill computer, replace it with something on sale. If you want to hold onto your little information locomotive for as long as possible, then juice it back up with a top-of-the-line power supply.
But not with eMachines. For whatever reason, when the power supply goes in an eMachine it almost always kills the CPU and/or the motherboard -- murder / suicide! I've got one here right now where the hard drive got knocked silly, too. I was able to retrieve the cherished photos of junior, but only after some hours of inspiration/perspiration.
So, if you've got an eMachine, PLAY IT SAFE! REPLACE THE POWER SUPPLY RIGHT NOW!