I have a HP 2.3ghz that had the same problem. It turned out the floppy drive was shot. It worked real slow but that is hard to tell on them. But it slowed down the entire machine to a crawl.
I went into the bios and disable the floppy and it corrected the problem, until last week that my daughter was home and doing her homework, she tried to save her work to the a: drive which did not exist. She ended up emailing her files to herself and that worked. But I had to R/R the drive and reenable it.
Emachines are lousey machines, they are so propritary they drive me nuts. but this may work for you without a restore disk. If it is the floppy the restore disk will not do you any good anyways
Contractor Talk - Professional Construction and Remodeling Forum
A forum community dedicated to professional construction and remodeling contractors. Come join the discussion about the industry, trades, safety, projects, finishing, tools, machinery, styles, scales, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!