I recently inherited a newer eMachine that basically looks to me like the victim of a virus that disabled the HDD and caused damage to the main system board as well as powersupply. It is a T2482 and looking that up, noted some user problems somewhat similar...but as I swapped the WD 80gig drive to my Compaq with 370 socket and tried to boot, I was treated to white on black screen text advising of a boot error...after a second attempt, another error message indicated board problems that may have been referred to as 'terminal', though I forget, they seemed worded alarming enough for me to quickly pull the power plug, likely AFTER I held the power button to force a shut down.
A good power supply from my Compaq Presario to the eMachine board and drives coaxed drive lights and fans, but the screen remained in standby.
Anyway, no real help from GeekSquad was suggested when I asked, though that may not be surprising... I await word from experts here..
...also with my original eMachine, it won't read or activate the floppy and Device Manager says it's in MS DOS mode, referring to updating drivers... I never had that problem before and can ascertain when it took place... I have swapped around 3 HDDs into the computer to format and setup with programs though...it mated well to my book PC after drivers for video and phone/fax were addressed for that...the bke630e