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This makes me look down at my surge protector and smile happily.
This makes me look down and then makes me paranoid when a storm comes along since I still don't have one. I think I might have to get me one. Luckily Australian storm season isn't for at least another 4 months+.
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post #13 of 22
It could just be a blown PSU. Take yours over and swap it in. If the PC powers up, that's the problem.

And a surge protector can only do so much...
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This makes me look down at my surge protector and smile happily.
Unfortunately, surge protectors can't protect against everything actually.
 
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happend to me, sadly before i knew anything about computers, but if i remember well only the mobo was toasted, they replaced it and everything worked again. My pc was off at the time though
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A PC that expensive that not on a BATTERY BACK UP (UPS System) is asking for trouble. Lightning is the least of your problems when it comes to the "noisy" electricity that is coming from the power plant.

I would venture to say that your MB (at least) is shot. Personally, I would invest in another PSU also just to be on the safe side. What is good is that your RAM, CPU, GPU, Hard drives and Optical drives are mostly ok.

I lost 3 motherboards in 18 months when I first started building computers. I eventually invested in a UPS, and I have not had one problem since. Now that I fold 24/7, there is no other way to protect your valuable electronics.

Invest in one of these and it will be the best $200 you ever spend.
Edited by Gollie - 7/14/08 at 1:32pm
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post #17 of 22
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Hi.

Sorry to hear about your Friends dilemma

Imho:
  • Test the PSU with a voltage-meter (jump the PSU and see what the outputs of the voltages are).
  • Dismantle the rig and inspect each component.
  • Clean and reassemble with the bare minuimium of hardware and see if it POSTs.
  • If available, test the unit with all native hardware, but rotate in one known-working component each round of tests.
  • If available, test each questionable component on a system that is fully-functional.
  • Find receipts, and initiate RMA/return process if possible.

Imho, your inital thought is spot-on: test PSU first. preferably independant of any other hardware.



Good luck.
*Takes notes in case of lightning strike*
Gooood advice, thanks! hahaha.

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A PC that expensive that not on a BATTERY BACK UP (UPS System) is asking for trouble. Lightning is the least of your problems when it comes to the "noisy" electricity that is coming from the power plant.

I would venture to say that your MB (at least) is shot. Personally, I would invest in another PSU also just to be on the safe side. What is good is that your RAM, CPU, GPU, Hard drives and Optical drives are mostly ok.

I lost 3 motherboards in 18 months when I first started building computers. I eventually invested in a PSU, and I have not had one problem since. Now that I fold 24/7, there is no other way to protect your valuable electronics.

Invest in one of these and it will be the best $200 you ever spend.
I am going to invest in a UPC asap. I have a shaky power grid in my area and my computer constantly crashes. I feel so bad for my PC

BTW, you can find it for cheaper during sales. Check www.techbargains.com, CyberPower makes UPC's as well as APC (I want to say the more popular brand). I am planning on buying a CyberPower UPC when I can find a good deal on it (preferably $100 or less, not including shipping).
Edited by PeaceMaker - 7/10/08 at 8:22am
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post #18 of 22
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Thanks for all the help guys. Rep+ to everyone.

So here is what I did: I got the PC back to my house then tore it down to 1 stick of RAM, mobo, and the CPU. I then swapped out the PSU with a new one.

Still nothing. It would only sputter on and off.

At that point I said forget it and told my friend it's better just to rebuild. So now I'm in the process of assembling components to build him a new rig.
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Thanks for all the help guys. Rep+ to everyone.

So here is what I did: I got the PC back to my house then tore it down to 1 stick of RAM, mobo, and the CPU. I then swapped out the PSU with a new one.

Still nothing. It would only sputter on and off.

At that point I said forget it and told my friend it's better just to rebuild. So now I'm in the process of assembling components to build him a new rig.

That's sad... Why don't you try testing out individual components? Swapping out with your PC components just for testing purposes... You think that could harm your components if any of his are f'd?
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post #20 of 22
I have had several experiences with lightning strikes and electronics, I used to work at an electronics service center for a major chain (back when they had service).
I'm not sure what makes the difference but it is usally either getting lucky (not to much fried) or it's real UGLY. I've seen TV's and other electronics survive a supposed lighning strike with only a blown fuse, and the opposite, where the list of bad components was seemingly endless.
Lightning doesn't follow all the same rules as ac and dc electricity. It kinda sounds like that PC is going to be an ugly fix.
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