The Acer eMachine EM250 Netbook Review

Acer Emachine em250 Netbook

The Acer Emachine Netbook

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As of this date, on Best Buy, they are offering this model for $199. That is an incredible price. Have no idea how long it will last.

10/21/2010

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eMachine Netbook Model 250-1162


I recently purchased a new netbook. It is the Emachine netbook, model 250-1162. It is a 10 inch screen netbook, so for me, it's a little bit smaller than my last one. I had the Acer Aspire One 11.6 inch screen and really liked it. But lately, I have felt that its too big for me. Getting a smaller netbook was the answer for me. What was amazing though, was the price! This netbook is by far the least expensive netbook out there.

Now, here are a few things you need to know about this netbook. Acer, in the most recenty history, has purchased not only Gateway, but Emachine as well. So, this new netbook may look familiar to you, because it is basically the exact model of the Acer 10 inch netbook the Acer D250. They are pretty much identical. The keyboard for me is much smaller then the Acer 11.6 inch model that I have. The screen is good, but again, I feel that it is much smaller for me because I am used to the Acer. I love that it comes with Windows 7 Starter Edition, however, I am anxious to see how it runs with Windows XP. One negative is that it comes with a 3 cell battery, which means low battery life. Another is how high it sits. The screen seems to be higher from the base of the netbook, and to me, makes it look longer.

The webcam is the typical 1.3 mega pixel cam. The screen is bright and beautiful. Plenty of hard drive space, and the RAM is upgradeable. It of course, does not come with a DVD drive, but you can buy a cheap external drive anywhere. Its a great price for a small netbook. I love it. I compared it with the Acer, and it is much smaller, and lighter. See pictures.


Comparison to Acer 11 inch screen

Here are the specs depending on which model you get:
- Genuine Windows® 7 Starter for Small Notebook PCs or Genuine Windows® XP Home (Service Pack 3)
- Processor Intel® Atom™ processor N270 (512 KB L2 cache, 1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)
- Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset (DDR2 400/533/667 MHz) or Mobile Intel® 82801GBM Chipset
- Memory 1 GB of DDR2 667 MHz memory, upgradeable to 2 GB using one soDIMM module4
- Video Subsystem Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
- LCD Properties 10.1" SD 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) pixel resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) TFT LCD
- Hard Drive1,5 2.5" 9.5 mm 160 or 250 GB hard disk drive
- 5-in-1 Media card reader , supporting MMC, SD, xD, MS, and MS PRO cards
- No internal optical drive
- Audio Optimized Dolby® Headphone technology 6
- High-definition audio support
- Two built-in stereo speakers
- MS-Sound compatible
- Built-in digital microphone
- Peripheral Subsystem Integrated 0.3 megapixel webcam
- Built-in microphone
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- External display (VGA) port
- Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support
- Microphone-in jack
- Ethernet (RJ-45) port
- DC-in jack for AC adapter
- Communication WLAN1, 7: 802.11b/g or 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® wireless LAN card
- WPAN1: Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
- LAN: 10/100 Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
- Keys and Controls 84-key keyboard with 1.6 mm (minimum) key travel
- Multi-gesture touchpad pointing device supporting: Circular-motion scrolling, Pinch-action zoom, Page flip
- 12 function keys, four cursor keys, one Windows® key for Windows® XP Home, hotkey controls, embedded numeric keypad, international language support
- Power button with LED
- Easy-access WLAN switch with LED
- Easy-launch Bluetooth® key1
- 30 W adapter with power cord
- Dimensions(W × D × H) 10.17 × 7.24 × 1.03 inches (258.5 × 184 × 26.4 mm)
- 2.62 lbs. (1.18 kg) with 3-cell battery pack

For the price, you are getting a great netbook, that is priced below the Acer, and is great for the basic needs of a computer user.

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freesongz 6 years ago

Nice laptop!


anchth2 6 years ago

i too purchased this computer from walmart, was hesitant at first because it is an emachine, but i only remember emachine from about 10 years ago, but i bought it anyways cause it was only $228, and i am completely satisfied with the netbook. i mainly purchased it to have something other than my phone to browse the internet while sitting on my couch. i have gotten the upgrade to windows 7 home premium, i have it synced to my desktop, which has vista. i would recommend this netbook to anyone. it is great for the price. largest hard drive i have seen for that price.


Christian W 6 years ago

I got this netbook durring a visit to the states to see my family. I've always felt eMach to be a good value, this one doesn't disapoint so far. Couldn't say no because of the cost. Only downside is the 3 hr battery, but unless you're away from an outlet for extended periods it's great. I haven't been in a position yet where battery life was an issue. 3hrs to the moment while surfing facebook and email I was prompted to plug into external power. I did upgrade my memory, but honestly for basic use there's no need. I don't play games with it. What else can I tell u? I'm really pleased. Win 7 starter also makes the wi-fi use real simple. I Skype with this all the time and it's awsome! No probs with video calls going both ways and you can carry it around if u like. I use Skype 3.9 (or 3.8?) and it will tell u there's a "known compatability issue" which is just the Skype-IE add on which I deactivated. This is the ultimate netbook to stay in touch and stay connected. I don't work for any computer company or anything, I'm just really really pleased with what a good value I got. Cheers!

Christian W, currently living in Slovakia.


Pete, Vista CA 6 years ago

I bought mine for $188.00 at Vista Walmart. Im also working on installing gOS 3.1 instead of windows 7 starter


ploy 6 years ago

This hub is very useful. Thank you for your good article. Then I will come back.


annette200 6 years ago

Piece of junk. We purchased this machine in January, 2010 to use when we traveled so we had not tested it much. Machine had problems booting. Sometimes it takes 6 times to get it to boot. Hard drive clicks. Tried to take it back to Walmart but we were outside 15 day window so they would not take it. No one told us about the 15 day return policy, and with the foot long receipt I had with surveys and other irrelevant junk, I had not noted it on my receipt. Emachines customer service is awful. Tried calling--never spoke to a live person, and I tried wading through all the automated junk, but it ended up telling me to go online. Went online to "chat"--their "customer support" personnel would log off while I was typing in answers to their questions. It took me 3 tries and over an hour of my time to get web link to download something to scan my hard drive. Then I have to go back to their "customer support" for my next step. I don't plan on purchasing electronics from Walmart anymore--they like to sell things, but not stand behind what they sell. You should spend a little more money and get a better machine. I do not plan on purchasing emachines again!!!! Piece of junk netbook!


Robert Chase 6 years ago

I was not really in the market for a netbook but was pulled in by the really cheap price. $228 for a fully functional working netbook? I expected the machine to have some issues but have been rather pleasantly surprised. From the LED backlit display and the nice looking silver finish on the integrated trackpad that supports scrolling and clicking.

I'm a Mac user and have been for years and my main machines are a 27inch imac and a 13inch unibody aluminum macbook. Cheap surprisingly well made hardware like this and Windows 7 (which is surprisingly well polished these days) is a great alternative to Apple hardware if Apple's obsession with tablets and mobile devices continues to erode the mac experience.

A quick removal of much of the crapware installed on the machine and a quick install of Google Chrome, Firefox and Cygwin and you have a quite usable netbook for most tasks. I had contemplated putting Linux on this netbook but so far Windows 7 has not been bad at all.

@annette200. Sorry your having issues. Bad hard drives happen to all machines. The upside of your situation is you can probably upgrade yours to an SSD drive. All PC hardware makers support sucks equally. It's a direct function of the price you pay for the hardware. I get great support on my Mac's but then again at $1700+ each there's plenty of profit for Apple to pay their support staff.


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lanetodd 6 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

I would agree, you will have hard drive issues on any computer products, but customer service can really be an issue with all computer companies these days. Try working with HP, or worse, Dell. Their customer service really is less than adequate, and to get an native english speaker you have to pay extra! Sorry you had problems with the emachine netbook.


Charly77 6 years ago

I had an eMachine desktop at my office, at the same time I had a built to spec machine at home that I purchased for $3500.00. The eMachine at work was just as good as my home computer anyday of the week. I was amazed. So when I went to replace my home computer, I purchased another eMachine for home. We have had it for 7 years without any problems and will be upgrading in the next month or so, with another eMachine. I am also planning on purchasing a netbook, probably today when I leave this site and after reading the reviews here and my personal experience with eMachines in the past, it is a no-brainer that I will be purchasing an eMachine netbook. I don't work for computer companies, but for about the past 15 years I have consulted with individuals and businesses regarding purchasing the computer that is right for them, and the best deals. I have referred people to eMachines many times throughtout the years and they have been very satisfied also. My hats off to eMachine for making technology available at such a reasonable price. Way to go eMachine! Keep up the great work! I will come back with a review on the netbook later.


Wally Gator 6 years ago

I bought this net book for $188.00 plus tax at Wal-Mart. It's such a great little machine. I will upgrade the memory and buy a DVD USB Burner for it soon...


Netbooks 6 years ago

Thanks for the info. This netbook, i think, is not a good one but it is too cheap, maybe it would prefer to because of it.


Sadie 6 years ago

Does this have a video web cam? Or just still pictures?


QUIQUECASH 6 years ago

OF COURSE IT HAS A WEB CAM JUST LOOK IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE YEP THE LENSE IS RIGHT THERE OH WOW LOOK TO THE LEFT AND THERE IS A MIC TOO. P.S. READ THE QUICK GUIDE


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lanetodd 6 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

Yes, it does have the webcam.


gene 6 years ago

so i got the external and uploaded some of my dvds, but it would not play them, and would not play them from the external drive either. it says there is no dvd player and no drivers... please help. and when i punch up the task manager it is frozen on what ever it first pos up on and will not update after ending a task


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lanetodd 6 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

You need to find the drivers for the external drive. I am surprised that it does not find the drive. You should just be able to plug in your external DVD player to the USB port. It may be there is a problem with the laptop as well. There should be a warranty through Acer. Check your paper work from the box and find technical support.


jenny 6 years ago

No experience with netbooks...and not much with bluetooth. Could you use a bluetooth dongle with this netbook?


Nicole 6 years ago

The emachine netbook i have had nothing but problems. After two weeks no matter what i tried it was getting slower. The webcam went out on my computer and because it was the 17th day of me having it, i could not return it to walmart. The customer service for Emachine is HORRIBLE.. I can not afford to wait a month for them to fix my computer when i work from home.


alds 6 years ago

can i use mouse on emachine netbook?


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save my system 6 years ago from United Kingdom - London

I am thinking of buying new e machine, and looking for some specification on internet. I found this hub really helpful in same manner. Now with knowing all the specifications looking forward for the best deal. But look wise e Machine Net book Model 250-1162 is awesome.


Papa Fish 6 years ago

awesome review. makes me want to buy one. thanks for this.


nAjeebAH 6 years ago

i just got one...

its really gud but had a hard time looking fo a suitable plug fo it...

so far its the only negative aspect of my netbook!!!


Brad Lawson 6 years ago

I WAS happy with my em250 until a couple of days ago. The netbook is less than 4 months old, and will not boot up. Nothing has been downloaded or added. Emachines online customer service is horrible. They could not get me offline quick enough. They told me my netbook is still under warranty but it is my responsibility to take the computer to a local tech and pay to have the problem diagnosed so Emachines can "better serve" me. I am going to buy a real laptop this time, a Toshiba!


Nate 6 years ago

To answer your question (alds) yes you can use a mouse, corded or wireless. I got mine around christmas and its still running strong and I use it as my main computer and the desktop is collecting dust. When I first got it I found a $50 external hard drive that has 500 gig at walmart and put a couple movies on it and watched them at work. Well every since then about once every few weeks I will be watching a youtube video and now my sound gliches and makes a strange electronic noise, its kinda like a cd skipping. Only lasts a couple seconds but annoying none the less. I too payed $200 so I can't complain too much. Happy computing all!


shemariah 6 years ago

how many hours should i charge this?...


bret 6 years ago

How do you know if your wireless supports wireless n? I see adhoc n in the wireless config options but am not sure if it supports n for infrastructure. I have seen some wireless n networks and had the option to connect but they were encrypted and I cant see my wireless n network. Also the wireless card is built in so i cant take a cover off the bottom to see. I have the em250 from wal-mart for $260. thanks


Nate 6 years ago

To bret, sometimes a network is set up to where it doesn't show up, it may be a setting you have to change on your router. Unless you have other laptops and it works with them. I'm new to the whole thing myself so just learning about wireless networks too. Good luck.

To shemariah, I think a full charge is 4 to 6 hours. It has the orange light on it that stays orange and turns green when its fully charged. Also if you have problems with battery life they have extended life batteries that put a few extra hours on there for you, the ones I saw on the net were around $60 and up.

Good luck all and hope you love your laptop! Btw amazon has external cd drives for this for like $20 with shipping!!


laptop2 6 years ago

Great Information on laptop. Good Study and Good Review.Thank you.


Scatt Nasty 6 years ago

I got one of these a few months ago. I was pretty impressed with it for the price as a secondary , portable computer. A few nights ago I got a window/system32/admin something something error message outta nowhere, but there website has live chat tech support 21 hours a day and they ran me through how to fix it. I was pretty impressed, wasn't expecting such good support from a cheap netbook or any computer site for that matter. All in all I'm happy with it. I was originally gonna get a ipod touch but for 50 bux more this was way better.


boof 6 years ago

any chance of installing a mini PCIe card in the spare slot of one of these... would I need to install an antenna?


Rule 6 years ago

I purchased two of these in January for my sons and now both of them will not boot up! May have been a good price but not if they only last me four months and wal-mart will not replace them. This was a birthday present for my boys and now they have nothing.I will never buy an e-machines again.


Alex 6 years ago

Bought one of these a few months ago...worked ok for a little while than it just died - wouldn't power on. Contacted "customer support" who gave me the run around, sent it in for repair,and they wanted to charge me $99! Now i've got an expensive paper weight. Won't make the Acer mistake again!


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adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

Acer was one of my first laptops till I moved to try out other brands. I will always have a soft spot for these laptop brand. I think they are not only one of the most affordable brands, they are also one of the easiest to work with.


Derk 6 years ago

I bought mine in February if memory serves. I've never actually had a problem with mine, and I use the hell out of it.

Replaced Windows 7 Starter (What do you mean, I can't change my background?) for a self-modified version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

If you are having problems with it not turning on or anything at all, make sure it is plugged and that the charge light comes on. After the battery depletes, it has to charge itself up a little before it will even power on.

I was surprisingly pleased by this machine after I removed Windows 7. The hardware always functions.

Yes, every company does have a few bad machines in each run, but usually never do a whole line of crap. Don't bash eMachines simply for hardware. I haven't had to deal with their Customer Service yet, so couldn't rate that aspect.


Caelynne 6 years ago

I had no trouble at all with customer service. I used the chat and my issue was resolved accurately within 15 minutes.


Julieta 6 years ago

Hey! I buy this today, and i have a question,

'Video Web Cam' takes videos or not?._. Because I only see the camera icon,the size of the photo, and the options, this web cam don't takes videos?


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lanetodd 6 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

You can take videos from the webcam the software that is on there should allow you to record.


Roderick - Professional SEO Expert 6 years ago

I bought one from my company. I hope it turns out fine as advertised.

It's cheap compared to other netbooks with the same specs btw.


Roderick - Professional SEO Expert 6 years ago

I bought one from my company. I hope it turns out fine as advertised.

It's cheap compared to other netbooks with the same specs btw.


Sonya0317 6 years ago

I too bought my computer in Jan. I have a problem with the battery not fully charging. It stops at 79%. Why???


anshuman 6 years ago

I purchased it few months back but could not check it out as I was out on a tour.Now as I am checking it out ,I am unable to find the wireless connectivity option.


TechTrendy 6 years ago

Nice writeup lane, I've been looking at buying one of these for xmas. I do have a personal issue with Acers though and their bad fan placement at least in the Aspire models. I had one fry the MB because of it. How are the fans placed on these ie off to the side or vents underneath? Also do you feel the keyboard causes more hand cramping due to the smaller space or find it to be comfortable. Thanks, Tech.


bergerhoo 6 years ago

I have had my little wonder for about 6 months now and love it. I have owner numerous laptops for over 10 years now, and I like this one the best so far.

I bought it at Micro-Center ($199); that company bought large quantities from Walmart which had excess inventory. I immediately upgraded to 2g ram, and bought a 9 cell battery online. The battery protrudes an inch but creates a nice carrying "handle" and tilts the keyboard which I like. It also creates air flow beneath the computer to keep it cool.

It came with Windows 7 Starter (shame on microsoft for having this available) but I downloaded Windows home premium from a disc I already had. It's mo' bettah' now.

It turns on quickly, web pages load fast, I actually like the smaller keyboard, as I am a 6 finger typer.

Itunes is SLOW on it though, and I cannot watch rented movies on iTunes; they play jittery and skip. And when I watch streaming TV shows from the network web sites (ABC, CBS,etc) the video can be jittery though sound is OK.

Anyone know how to remedy this?

Aside from above, I really enjoy this little workhorse. I recommend it to anyone considering it.


leanne 6 years ago

mine just crashed ... hard drive is dead.. had a few people try to fix today and no deal.. i dont have the time to call and deal with the company.. anyone here have this computer model that they dont use or would want to sell cheap and or can someone point me in the exact direction of a replacemnt hardrive online that you KNOW will fit or is compatible.. i need to find and buy or order online asap... i loved this netbook till it crashed. im so use to it that i wana keep it but just throw in a new hard drive. a website with the hard drive i can order would be great. i need my computer like yesterday. thanks leanne


madalin  6 years ago

hey guys. thanks so much for the info. i am buying mine from walmart, cause i just need it to take notes in class, and its pretty cheap. i will be writing a review for it soon i hope. and if something isn't working i will be sure to return it before the 14 day trial period. although i have used emachines in the past, they do have issues with heating up and crashing. since this is a netbook i won't be using it for videos or utube, so i am hoping it will last me a while without problems. thanks again for the site, and info!


someone 6 years ago

"since this is a netbook i won't be using it for videos or utube"

I thought the whole point of a NetBook was to check videos and youtube... it's for surfing the 'NET, isn't?


chase 6 years ago

i love it


Limoges 6 years ago

Why are Acer E-Machines net-books apparently so bad, is it because they are rubbish? They seem to have a lot of bad reviews especially about build quality, reliability and very poor after sales service. They are very cheap - but I wonder if it would be a false economy to buy one because of their bad reputation.


dakota 5 years ago

hubby bought this for me last january at walmart. it's totally portable, does everything i want it to, haven't had one problem yet. ....well, my ac port is getting a little wiggly, but that's a potential problem with any netbook or notebook that's well used. it might get a little bogged down with over 6 windows open, but?!! it's the little netbook that could, as far as i'm concerned. i'm totally unimpressed with the version of windows, why not a full version?? but this little fella goes everywhere i go and does everything i need it to do. and for for under $200 i'm happy as a clam!


andre 5 years ago

I've had this netbook for over 6 months and so far no complaints at all, actually, only compliments. It works a lot smoother and silently than a lot newer Asus EEE Seashell. It runs XP, witch is awesome, light and easy to use, let's me run Office 2007 with no problems and I watch movies on it without a glitch. I dual-boot it and also am able to run Ubuntu 10.04 perfectly.


caleb 5 years ago

sorry to hear about your e-books 4 your kids.if it won't boot it call a virus.and u get virus really fast if u look at porn and the anti-virus is a 2to3 months so that about right u said 4 months so there anti-virus program has expired and the porn killed them both i can fix it if it not booting up if u live around barrie ontario and again sorry


caleb 5 years ago

what just wrote is to all but to directed to RULE and his 2 boys


jgbarragan 5 years ago

Yes, unfortunately sometimes some systems come with faulty hardware.

Many Individuals have mistaken these Netbooks to the high power laptops/notebooks. The laptops have a better performance but also keep in mind that the cost is much higher than these Netbooks. The Netbooks are the next generation of portable devices for all types of individuals. For more information check my review on the several Netbooks.


Len 5 years ago

I have this machine and wanted to do a system restore, how do i do that? Thanks in advance


richie 5 years ago

just wanna know which runs faster for emachines n450, windows 7 or windows xp?


richie 5 years ago

just wanna know which runs faster for emachines n450, windows 7 or windows xp?


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

Netbooks work well with XP, however, I have had many with Windows 7 and it works well too. I think they are pretty comparable, but Windows 7 looks better. I would probably go with Windows 7.

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Hannah36 5 years ago

Hi... I am really new to this kind of posting, but I need help ! I recently bought an eMachines netbook (350) to replace another laptop which is no longer working. Given my limited computer skills (and more limited time), I would prefer to have my former XP operating system on the new netbook. I like it very much and already feel comfortable using it.

Someone told me I may have problems getting XP to work, as the drivers in Windows 7 are different than in XP (and the netbook came with Windows 7). I would like to know if I can replace Windows 7 with my old copy of XP. Thanks very much, in advance, for your help.


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

Yes, you can replace windows 7 with XP, here is the link for the drivers that will make it work in XP. http://www.emachines.com/support/drivers.html

You will have to erase Windows 7, and install XP on it. It shouldn't be too hard, but it is definitely possible.


Hannah36 5 years ago

Thank you very much for your quick response. Will I need to remove the information I have stored on the computer now, such as Word documents, photos, etc., in order to install XP (then download it again after XP is installed) ? Or will the information simply be transferred from one operating system to another ? Also, is this something I can do on my own ? Or do I need a professional to help me ? I am *really* a novice, and I don't want to lose documents or damage the computer in the process of trying to make it what I want.


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

Yes, you would want your information Documents photos etc. stored on a thumbdrive or external disk. You will need to wipe the drive and reinstall XP. If you haven't done it before, you might consider getting help. Or google it and see if it is something you can do. It may be a little tricky, but definitely possible, I have done it on many of my computers.


Hannah36 5 years ago

Thank you very much for your help here. Will try to find help on this, I think !


Daniel 5 years ago

Is it possible to install Windows XP and Windows 7 programmes on the emachine and run it as and when required. I have a Minolta Film Scanner for negatives and slides which will work only on XP?


Danielle 5 years ago

I recently got a eMachine Netbook for Christmas. I love it! I also noticed that I couldn't change the background on it. I've been getting really annoyed with the same windows background. Do you know how to resolve of this issue?


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

To Danielle: to change your background in Windows 7 Starter, Google " Oceanis background changer", it works great! or goto the link I have on this hub I will be including this link.


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

Danielle, Click this link, it will take you directly to the link to download. http://thewirelesstraveler.com/?p=32


Danielle 5 years ago

Awesome! Thanks so much!


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

Daniel, you asked about installing Windows XP and Windows7, on the emachine. Yes it is possible to have two operating systems on the emachine, you might research on how exactly to do it,here is a link I googled. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boo...


kirra 5 years ago

i have one and ive beaten the side of it because i have anger issues and the internet kept leaving. it still works. i also snapped the thing in half but only one side came out(where it attaches the screen to the bottom half)and the thing STILL works. its amazing i think.


kirra 5 years ago

i have one and ive beaten the side of it because i have anger issues and the internet kept leaving. it still works. i also snapped the thing in half but only one side came out(where it attaches the screen to the bottom half)and the thing STILL works. its amazing i think.


sindee 5 years ago

I have had mine for over a year and have not had one problem with it. In fact, I use it for my online college, I will bet it probably has 4000 hours on it and is still going strong. I hope this comment doesn't break it...lol


Wally 5 years ago

I turned mine into an os x snowleopard. The only thing not working is the wifi and the webcam. looking up tonys iboot on google.


6 months User  5 years ago

Hi, i'm using Emachines for 6 months. Installed XP on it, but it is extrimly slow. takes about 3 minutes to boot and when i open program, i can go and get coffee for me before it starts.

now i'm trying to put Ubuntu on it. i will report later...


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lanetodd 5 years ago from Fruitland, ID Author

6 months User: That is strange it takes so long to boot up. Maybe you have other programs that are loading that may cause it to take so long. RAM might also be an issue, upgrading it to 2GB of RAM may help a lot.


Monica 5 years ago

I bought my daughter one at Walmart last Valentine's Day and about 2 months ago, it stopped turning on. You could plug it in, the green light would come on a couple of seconds and shut back off. It did this both with the battery in and out. Of course, eMachine customer service is non-existent--I mean, they refused to let me call unless they verify a serial# and then say I have no warranty (which I did till February, but they had December) and must pay to talk to someone. So I had to email or chat. I emailed first. Ridiculous-I was given bullcrap instructions about static electricity removal. I'd respond no help only to get another email telling me yet again i have no warranty and some other stupid instructions. To be honest, I do not think these are even humans. They also would post each time on their site that they "solved" my issue. I immediately let them have it on that one. I was then emailed and told if I send them the netbook, one way shipping prepaid, and $199.00 they can see if they can fix it. Now, how the heck can you be told how much to send when the problem is not known? This weekend, my fiancé fixed the problem in 10 minutes. Wires in the ac adapter under the barrel looking connector on the thin cord of the adaptor had come undone. He simply cut the problem out and rewired and sautered it. Problem solved.


Dan 5 years ago

I have this machine also it went really slow so I decided to reboot it to the first day I had it and now when I turn it on it jus keeps going round and round, nothing is loading up, anyone know what I can do?


Dan 5 years ago

I meant system recovery in my last post


Derrick Witt 5 years ago

Bought this for a work computer, before my company FINALLY got me a Lenovo X201 Tablet! During the first 2 months of use, this worked beautifully... I put Win7 Pro on it, and upgraded the RAM... I would highley suggest this to anyone looking for a cheapo windows netbook. Since getting the X201, I use this ONLY for MAME as the brain to my arcade system with a TankStick... it runs that flawlessly as well.


ViM 5 years ago

Do any one have idea where can I replace my emachine LCD?? It was broken 3 days I go and I hardly needmyfiles... =(( and How much t cost???


sg 5 years ago

Netbook 250 does hold a charge anymore. I noticed that the power adapter LED dims/blink and when plugged in the display also blinks in sync with the adapter. Now I have zero battery life.. anyone encounter this problem?


Aadil 5 years ago

i bought a acer emachine m355 is this good computer for using


Ryan 5 years ago

My EM250 has had a few issues, the newest being my battery will not charge past 77%. about 6 months ago it also refused to turn on for a few days at a time... Just as I had given up on it and was about to bin it, i hit the power button and away it went again.


TD 5 years ago

does not have bluetooth


Ryan 5 years ago

And now it will not turn on again... Worst computer ever!!!


Cari 5 years ago

How do I type the number, dollar, etc signs

is there a manual on how to use the keypad.


netbooks 5 years ago

Compared to my most recent Acer netbook, the keyboard for me was a lot smaller and a bit cumbersome. The 10 inch screen is great, it is very clear and crisp, and very bright. But for me, it took some getting used to because it seemed a lot smaller than what I was used to from the bigger Acer. I was thrilled that it came with Windows 7 , but then I realized it was the Starter Edition. I decided to try XP on this machine , and was very pleased how it ran when I installed it. It ran very fast and clean, and the drivers were available online.


Kenneth McCall 5 years ago

I bought my emachine EM250 for less that all the prices quoted. I have not any problem with any of my machines and I am proudly to9 say if you don't have a good computor technician to explain all the ins and outs you will always have problems. Sometimes common sense will lead you to the right person. phone calls forget it.


Riboflavin 2 years ago

I bought this EM250 4 years ago and it's still going strong. Just recently upgraded to Windows 7 (it came with XP). It's a little slow because I'm using the stock RAM, but I will be upgrading to 2 GB. I am impressed that this little computer has lasted so well. Only used for word processing, web browsing, and skype.

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