All,\n\nJust wanted to drop a line and say Thanks!\n\nI had a eMachine die, and I thought I'd try a "inexpensive" rebuild, or\ndecide if I should just part it out. Orig machine was a T2865, with a\nAthlon 2800+ XP, 512 MB of RAM + a large HDD and 8X DVD/RW. Nice stuff\nto toss, so I picked up a VA20 for .00 @ Frys.\n\nInitial build went fine, laid down Win 2K and applied all drivers from\nthe CD. Visisted M$ for SPs+ Misc fixes. Half day in, the thing belly\nflops, and wont get past POST. I READ every article in ths group, and\nfinally got to one that discussed adjusting the FSB from dflt setting of\n133 to 166. All good after that, but HDD got toasted somehow (logically,\nnot physically), so a extra HDD was subbed in, and a fresh OS install\ndone. Seems quite stable after that. Reattached the former 160GB\ntoasted HDD, and reformatted. Looks good so far.\n\nInterestingly, while I changing the FSB setting, I had also removed a\nolder Hercules Prophet AGP card during the diags process. I dont know if\nthat was a player in the problem, but after I have this up for a while\nand stress it a bit, I will reinstall the AGP card and see if it\nintroduces any issues.\n\nAll in all, for the cost, the board seems to be a good 'value' board.\nSince I was placing it in a eMachine frame, it was the only ones at Frys\nthat would fit the propietary case, at a good price point.\n\nMost issues I read on the net suggested the 2 most promient failure areas\nin eMachines is the MoBo and Power Supply. When build this anew, I\nintroduced a new PS I has lying around, but only a 250W model, which is\nwhat was in it before. The old PS is good, and I'll hang on to it, but\nhow does one guage when a PS is inadequate? Most advise to simply go\nhuge, but that is more $, and likely would introduce more heat, something\nI may already have to deal with if I include the AGP card (and I'm still\nrunning 2 WD HDDs currrently, up from 1 before.\n\nTo all that help here, and leave trails of bright ideas, Thank You!