Second-Tier PC Makers Are Out on a Ledge

Lacking major brand names or powerful corporate parents, smaller players in the PC world will have a hard time hanging on

A year ago, eMachines (EEEE ) was a highflying startup. The maker of low-cost computers had rocketed in a single year from zero sales to No. 7 in PCs shipped in North America, according to International Data Corp.

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