Originally Posted by Nakattk
Yes an APC one and it works fine didnt trip no burns nothing still going strong. I even tried pluging everything into another surge protector and still no go on the mobo.
Surge protector adjacent to a computer (and too far from single point earth ground) can bypass (compromise) protection inside a computer. Can make computer damage easier.
Destructive surges occur typically once every seven years. Most surges are made irrelevant by protection inside every appliance (including dimmer switches and digital clocks).
Others believe a power strip's hundreds of joules will magically absorb surges that are hundreds of thousands of joules. Or that its 2 centimeter parts will stop what three miles of sky could not. You may have learned reality the hard way. Time to install effective protection so that it need not happen again. Nothing adjacent to the machine provides effective protection.
Moving on to the failure. Does not matter what lights. Observations reports little that is useful. From your have posts, almost everything in that computer is suspects. You have two choices. Either keep replacing good parts until something works. Or get some important numbers so that the few who know this stuff can say with certainty what is defective.
Second option means a multimeter from Sears, Kmart, Wal-Mart, or most any store that sells hammers. Costs less than a good hammer. Then request what to touch. That one minute of labor means a next post will define what is good and what is bad - without speculation. Only that option means an immediate answer.
Most electronics failures leave no visual indication. Extremely rare is for something to burn. If swapping good parts until something works (called shotgunning), then what caused a failure remains unknown. If numbers from six wires are taken with a meter, then you will know what has failed. Also learn why it failed. And learn something about how a computer really works.
Bottom line: replies are only as useful as information that you first provide. Those who know this stuff best can post nothing if you do not provide those relevant numbers. Without hard facts, your only replies will be "it might be that" or "it could be this". And many posts begging for further help. Is it the motherboard? An answer from almost no hard facts is only wild speculation. Currently most everything in that computer could cause your symptoms.
Your choice. Start swapping parts on speculation. Or ask how one minute with a meter will result in definitive answers. Having swapped parts and after so many posts, what have you learned? Nothing. You are getting more "try this" and "do that for no good reason" replies. A useful answer starts by first buying or borrowing a meter. Which costs many times less than good parts you are buying and trying (on speculation).Edited by westom - 3/26/11 at 4:21pm