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Emachines 540; Upgrade Advice
Topic Started: Nov 25 2007, 03:26 PM (1,342 Views)
norfolk_lad
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Hi.

I’ve been looking for a cheap pc to use as a second computer for the children (just to handle basic tasks like email, internet, msn, office applications etc) and managed to find an old emachines 540. It was in rather poor condition, but I was surprised how well it cleaned up inside and out. I reloaded Windows XP and updated to SP2 and downloaded all the updates and windows media player 11. Again, really pleased with how it runs.

Heres the spec:

Emachines 540
Processor - 1.3 GHz Celeron (Tualatin) Skt 370
Memory- 256MB PC133 sdram (Hyundai)
Hard Drive - 40GB Maxtor
Display adapter: Intel 82810E
CD R/RW / DVD Rom
Windows XP Home
PhoenixBios 1.02
Motherboard - Trigen / Lornita
Chipset – i810e
Power Supply – 230W (?)

Monitor - NEC HR17

I know that it’s really limited in term of upgrade potential, but just wondered what was possible. The first thing I thought about was adding some more memory to help Windows XP and system performance (another 256mb in slot 2). This is not a games machine and the onboard graphics handles everything just fine. Is anything else possible?

I tried to find out some more information about the 540 model, but there isn’t much on internet about it.

I came across this web site and thought would just ask to see what was possible or advisable.

Regards.
Norfolk_Lad (UK)

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TD25x
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You're right,,,very limited in upgrade potential with the Lomita....

Follow the tread HERE on upgrading memory.

PSU upgrade would be worthwhile as well
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‡ Intel DG33TLM
‡ Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
‡ 2 x 1GB Crucial PC6400 DDR2
‡ EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
‡ 1- WD 80GB SATA2 10,000RPM Raptor
‡ 1- WD 1.0TB SATA3 7200RPM
‡ Samsung 22x DVD-RW SH-S222L
‡ Corsair AX750W PSU
‡ Win7 Ult x64
‡ Logitech wireless keyboard & mouse
‡ DELL - UltraSharp 2408WFP 24-inch Flat Panel
‡ Bose Companion 3 speakers
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norfolk_lad
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Thanks mate for that link - some useful information there.
PSU - is that because you think it is underpowered or because it could a reliability problem in future?
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norfolk_lad
Nov 25 2007, 03:59 PM
PSU - is that because you think it is underpowered or because it could a reliability problem in future?

Yes
T5224
‡ Intel DG33TLM
‡ Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
‡ 2 x 1GB Crucial PC6400 DDR2
‡ EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
‡ 1- WD 80GB SATA2 10,000RPM Raptor
‡ 1- WD 1.0TB SATA3 7200RPM
‡ Samsung 22x DVD-RW SH-S222L
‡ Corsair AX750W PSU
‡ Win7 Ult x64
‡ Logitech wireless keyboard & mouse
‡ DELL - UltraSharp 2408WFP 24-inch Flat Panel
‡ Bose Companion 3 speakers
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norfolk_lad
Nov 25 2007, 01:59 PM

PSU - is that because you think it is underpowered or because it could a reliability problem in future?




E-machines are notorious for both with their PSUs.
Cooler Master 932 HAF AMD edition Computer Case
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
MSI 870A Fuzion mobo
Patriot PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory 8GB
1- Seagate 1Tb HDD
EVGA GTS 450 1Gb
DVD±RW w/Lightscribe
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
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norfolk_lad
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Thanks for your comments.
I've just found a really good site with some good information on emachines.
www.e4allupgraders.info
Is the PSU only 120W?
Can anybody recommend a suitable 'cost effective' PSU (mATX) replacement?
Thanks in advance.
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I've just found a really good site with some good information on emachines.
www.e4allupgraders.info


Yeah, I like that site too............ ;)

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Is the PSU only 120W?


Most likely it is

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Can anybody recommend a suitable 'cost effective' PSU (mATX) replacement?


We have that covered in THIS THREAD. Some of those links in that thread may be dead of out of date. Some good prices HERE on mATX PSU's (close to the bottom of the page). Not sure what their shipping policy is to the UK.
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‡ Intel DG33TLM
‡ Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
‡ 2 x 1GB Crucial PC6400 DDR2
‡ EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
‡ 1- WD 80GB SATA2 10,000RPM Raptor
‡ 1- WD 1.0TB SATA3 7200RPM
‡ Samsung 22x DVD-RW SH-S222L
‡ Corsair AX750W PSU
‡ Win7 Ult x64
‡ Logitech wireless keyboard & mouse
‡ DELL - UltraSharp 2408WFP 24-inch Flat Panel
‡ Bose Companion 3 speakers
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norfolk_lad
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I had a problem with my hard disk (a Maxtor 40GB 5400RPM). Keep getting an error message on boot "The file Windows\System\Config32\System is either corrupted or missing". I reloaded windows twice to have the same thing happen. Everything seemed to work for a while then the error occured. Anyway, I suspect the HDD is faulty and have ordered a 40GB replacement. I couldn't enen reformat the HD on my third attempt (the hours I've wasted!). The Windows XP recovery console wasn't much help. Everything else seems fine. I added another 256Mb memory module and that's working fine - 512Mb in total now.

I checked the PSU and to my supprise, it's a 180W unit (+3.3v 16.7A, +5.0v 16.0A, +12.0v 12.0A, +5.0v & +3.3v=118W Max). Just wanted to know if it still needs upgrading bearing in mind the information I supplied in my first post?

Regards.
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