I'm trying to do a full restore to factory conditions of my Emachines T-1842. I do have the original restore Cd's and have done a full restore in the past (about a year ago) with no problems.
However, now when I put in the 1st of 2 disks last night, all that came up was a message "Device drivers have been relocated to disk 2 for this machine"... Ok, I thought, as Disk 2 is labeled "Device Drivers". So I figured I just had to reboot the PC and the primary restore CD would then be recognized and I'd be on my way to reformatting and starting over with a clean PC. (note-restore is not to fix a problem, just clean off junk and start fresh to give pc to family member)
Well, after the reboot, it just booted normally to the Windows XP logon screen and no indication of "Would you like to restore this pc etc...." I know the CD/DVD drive is working with no issues so it's not that. I called Emachines tech support and they told me to reboot the machine and as soon as it started to boot, to press the "R" key for restore. While I'm not by any means a computer tech god, that totally sounded ridiculous to me, as you would expect to hit F1, F3, etc since that's what you usually do during the boot process to bypass it. Well, after trying it 3 times while on the phone with tech support, it still was just booting as normal with no problems.
The only thing that has changed since the last restore/original installation was a removal of the factory CD drive and upgrade to a new DVD-RW drive. As well as the obvious upgrade to Service Pack 2. Could it be that the restore CD's are looking for the original CD drive/OS to access? Or is that unrelated?
I did try navigating the Restore CD's via Windows Explorer and there is nothing there that would allow to start the restore manually (though I'm not sure if that's standard or not). Any thoughts on how to get the restore CD's to start? Emachines tech support suggesting buying new CD's for $20 and using them, but my originals are nearly mint condition so it's not that they are scratched/unrecognizable or anything.