I needed another laptop, so I went to Wal-Mart. I selected the eMachines e525 laptop with full Windows 7 and a trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007. I had some troubles backing up the system as it would not format the disk. I use an online back so I didn't think much of it. When the Microsoft Office trial expired, I tried to convert it to the full version. The website defaulted to was invalid, so I tried to go directly to Microsoft. I was referred to the new 2010 version, and tried to purchase it. The site would not properly accept my order, so I ordered the product key direct from Wal-Mart for the 2010 version.
After several attempts to install it according to instructions, I had to call Microsoft. After days of wrangling with customer service, I was advised that the Windows 7 had a corrupt Windows Installer file. Even though it was a software problem, Microsoft said I had to go through the equipment manufacturer to get it fixed. I contacted eMachines (Gateway/Acer) for assistance. The service representative referred me to a site for reinstalling VISTA saying it would work the same with Windows 7. The instructions provided were faulty. When I later tried to access the instructions again, the web page had been removed.
I called eMachines support again. I was advised that the machine was still under warranty, but since it was a software problem, not a hardware problem; it would have to be referred to the Pay For Support Team for special handling. eMachines does not stand behind its warranty and Microsoft will not stand behind its software unless purchased directly from them, even if properly licensed.
I have bought a T5212 eMachines Computer about 2 Years Ago... I HAD TO REINSTALL MY OS LIKE AT LEAST 100 TIMES - NO KIDDING. Always the blue screen, doesn't boot up, Motherboard sucks ass... TECH SUPPORT TALKS TO YOU LIKE YOU OWE THEM $500!!! Like a week ago, my computer wouldn't boot up, so I reinstalled my OS AGAIN! Then it would go up the Windows screen, and then restart, and it keeps doing that...
I knew eMachines is BS, but I still took my time to chat with them. I ran out of warranty so they said I had to call someone and pay $129.99 for 90 Minutes of talk time... That's how cheap they go for money... DON'T BUY FROM eMachines, unless you want paper bags recycled into metal and being sold... You are just feeding them money!! GET ON YOUR FEET AND SAY NO!
SHELBY TWP, MICHIGAN -- My 14 month old eMachines is now experiencing Hard Drive failure. I have taken it to 2 computer repair shops - each has quoted me approximately $300 to replace the Hard Drive. I called eMachines customer service to inform them of my problem, which was a waste of time. I was told that my 12 month warranty had expired, and if I wanted to complain I could call another number where I could PAY BY THE MINUTE TO COMPLAIN! Are you kidding me?
In my opinion this is a very poor product with a terrible customer service department. I was also told by the repair shop that eMachines are notorious for this type of problem as well as having bad motherboards. Don't waste your money!
ROME, GEORGIA -- I was told by everyone that "eMachines" were cheap and very unreliable computers. I believed them for a while. I did a little research, and found out that "eMachines" was bought by "Gateway" and also merged with "Acer", to become the world's 3rd largest computer manufacturer. Since 2004, "eMachines" started using reputable and reliable hardware and components in their computers. It is true that "eMachines" used to be a "unreliable" computer. It is also true that now "eMachines" is a very reliable computer with good components and one of the very best computers out there. For the money you can't beat it.
I paid 523.00 tax and all, for the computer I'm using now. It's a et1641-02w "eMachines." It has a Dual core Celeron processor. 2 gb's of ram, and 320 gb harddrive. That is a LOT! I have had a very good experience with this computer. Remember, since the year 2004, "eMachines" took on a new look and way of representation. They are simply a "Gateway" with a "eMachines" logo.
CALIFORNIA -- I purchased a eMachines on sale at Target, in Fairfield, CA in October 2009. By February 2010, the CD went out, then the sound. It was still under warranty. The company said I need to delete all my added programs, send it to them at my expense and they would fix it. Well since I only paid $345.00 for the computer and it cost around $45.00 to send and my programs I added were around $200.00 it wasn't in my opinion worth me sending them it. They should have replaced it. To this day I have a messed up system still under warranty that stinks, won't be repaired. I guess the old saying is true - you pay for what you get.
Bought an eMachines from Wal-Mart back in Nov 09. Volume has not stayed up since day one. "D" drive has failed twice. eMachines customer service is a joke. After repeated e-mails and phone calls to their hack technicians in India, I am told machine must be packed up and shipped (on my dime of course) to Texas for repair.
This computer started giving me problems after only 3 weeks out of the box. Wal-Mart will only stand behind their computer for 15 days from date of purchase. Evidently they know they sell junk. I urge everyone reading this to run - don't walk away from eMachines computers. I have also come to the conclusion that Wal-Mart cannot be trusted for quality merchandise.
Well this computer was purchased in 2006, all in all it's not that bad. The computer was on the very low end side. I did not purchase it though - my mom did and I bought it from her for 50 bucks but the price she paid for it was almost 300. I found this ridiculous why this low end machine cost close to as much a medium-high end gaming computer cost well over the years.
I have slowly upgraded it. Now it has a dual core cpu @ 3.0GHz, 2GB RAM, GeForce 9400gt 1gb graphics card, and a new case. All that's left is the heat sink fan and motherboard which still limit this computer greatly... The onboard chipset was a ATI Xpress 200 series which ATI does not support the drivers for anymore. The cpu fan is very low end and extremely loud - any process you put on the cpu this thing goes off like a helicopter.
However for being almost 4 years old the motherboard is still in great shape (the d101ggc as Intel refers to it). This has been my learning computer and it has taught me a lot though.. I would never buy an eMachines again nor any other retail computer.
Unbelievable! My hard drive crashed, so I installed a new one. I reinstalled the O.S. (Windows Home) step by step and entered the license key as printed on the official Microsoft hologram tag on the back of the computer. Online, Microsoft wouldn't accept this key. So I called and used the "authorize by telephone" option, pressing in what seemed like a hundred numbers, and typing other validation numbers into the screen. Still no good. I then had to call other Microsoft phone numbers and got bounced around until I found someone who said it's an eMachines problem, call them.
I just spent almost an hour chatting online with first, a support rep, and then finally a supervisor at eMachines, who insist I have an invalid serial number (hello, it has their logo and it's stuck on their computer)! They suggest I pay for another copy of Windows at retail pricing or go to Microsoft for help! HELP is right! I'll never buy another eMachines in my life and I hope no one else out there will.
I called the customer service number on my set of system restore CDs given on the package that came with my eMachine. I was given the telephone number of emachine.com 408-273-0858 and had to give them all of my registration information, my serial number, all that jazz. After about 30 minutes of answering their questions, I was told that they didn't have them anymore for my eMachine. It was one year too old. I have tried everywhere to find them. Why do they not have a restore disc set that works on all eMachines? They did not offer any help.
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN -- I have a T5048A eMachines computer which I got last year about this time. This is the computer with totally different specs that it lists. I have DDR2 memory installed on this computer and its reporting it still in single channel mode. Any ideas why? I bought two identical pairs of 1 gig, 667 mhz of ram. They have identical serial numbers. It's reporting it as having 2048 mb of memory so all the memory is in use. I had two 512's mb or ram installed in here at first but they had different speeds and they two were in single channel mode. In bios I am unable to find a switch that lets me switch it to dual channel.
Anyone have any ideas what is causing it to still be in single channel mode? This computer came with an Intel board with the ATI chipset. It has a P4 3.0 ghz with HT, and am using Vista Premium. I also added a sweet ATI video card, could that be the reason? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!