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Can lightning strike damage cpu?

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Hey guys, last night lightning hit very close to my home. All my power shut off for a split second and then back on.

Anyway, since then my pc is not running right. I was hoping it was the PSU which i swapped out and same exact issue. Here is the issue

Symptoms:

Lightning strikes last night, a split second power outage insues.

Today I turn on pc, starts booting, then shuts off right away. Reset cmos.
It will not turn back on again when trying to reboot, but there is still a blue light on the motherboard lit.

I change psu. Starts booting up again, then shuts off when im in bios.
Will not turn back on again, blue light lit on mobo just like before.

Anyway to cut a long story short, if I let it sit there 10 minutes or so, it seems to boot up, only to shut off again like before.

I think the mobos damaged for sure, but I heard somewhere that usually with lightning strikes only mobo takes the hit.

What are the chances that the cpu might be f'd as well?
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Anything can be damaged from a lightning strike, even if the strike was just nearby.

 

Just in case, a surge suppressor can't protect against lightning strikes. Even they are vulnerable.

 

Anyway, I know it's too late, but I always recommend unplugging everything (get off all of the grids) when a thunderstorm comes through and just wait it out. It's just not worth the risk.


Edited by TwoCables - 5/23/13 at 3:55pm
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