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Our downstairs computer just had a powersurge (crap surge protectors HO!). I went to boot the computer up, no post bios beep, all lights came up, the cd drives ejected. The harddrive makes a loud clicking sound, but still spins up. I was wondering if everything is friend, or if this points to just on ething? I put the cd drives and harddrive into another computer, the cd drives ejected and stayed open, the harddrive windows didnt find, nor could it be located in the BIOS. I had alot of flash projects on there, so if there is anyway to get them off it would be well appreciated to know. Well, thanks for your time.

MN

(I believe everything in the computer is fried, but I'm not too sure so.)
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Sounds like cpu or ram. Can you test them in another rig?
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Well, testing the cd drives in another computer, they just ejected and blinked. The harddrive would spin up, click loudly, and thats it. If I tried to boot it as the only hd in the computer, it gave me the disk boot error message. I'm going to see if I can access it booting from Knoppix. Or possibly try to buy the same harddrive and switch the chip on it to get files off before it dies. :-/
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best thing i can think of is take out EVERYTHING and post, add one thing, post...continue as needed...that should let you know exactly what is fried...you can do the same thing with the ram...not sure what to tell you about the CPU, miraculously I've never fried one. If there was anything important on the HDDs, try putting them in the freezer for a few hours, I've been able to pull stuff off of dead drives doing that in the past with pretty good results.
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Sounds like cpu or ram. Can you test them in another rig?
Not ram....if it was ram, he would have gotten an array of post beeps telling him that his ram was screed up....i would first check your PSU. To do that, you need a multimiter and a pice of wire to short it so it will run without being plugged in.

To short your PSU, take a piece of wire, and put one end into the pin on the ATX connector with a green wire on it, and take the other end and put it into one of the black wires on the atx connector, Make sure all of your rails are giving clean power. This involves putting the multimeter in the molex pins and testing voltages. Test this on ALL your molexes, becasue there are likely to be more than one rail. Yellow wires are 12v, red wires are 5v. If any of those is more than .5v off the stated voltage, I would consider buying a new PSU.

After that, reset your CMOS (even though all it does is reset BIOS, ive done that on several computers that were seemingly dead and they came back to life). After which i would look at CPU and MOBO in that order. I highly doubt the ram is your issue.
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The PSU was dead for sure, I got a new one. Like I said, the HDD seems dead, it does nothing. (Disk boot error, insert system disk and press any key to continue.) If I boot it up as the main hd, if I attach it as a slave, I cant access it, Windows nor the BIOS knows its there. The cd drives I tested, one by one, and they just ejected and stayed out. The ethernet card and audio card works, but those are the only things I could get to work. As far as the HDD and cd drives, I'm pretty sure that would point to them being fried. I cant check the floppy drive, as my new computer doesnt have a place on the mobo to hook it up, and I dont even want to mess with the old mobo. *shrugs* I might try that freeze trick.

After that, reset your CMOS (even though all it does is reset BIOS, ive done that on several computers that were seemingly dead and they came back to life). After which i would look at CPU and MOBO in that order. I highly doubt the ram is your issue.

I took the battery out of the mobo and put it back in, to reset the BIOS, still there is no post bios beep. The fans and all that turn on though. As far as testing out the CPU, that extends my knowledge so.
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