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#1 Comstock_Services

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 02:50 PM

Last Friday night I was posting during a bad storm, and lightning hit my house, and fried my PC. Have since purchased one from a big box. How can I test the individual components to see if any are salvagable? The power supply is good, as it starts all the fans and lights in the case, but nothing happens after that, no BIOS, no boot cant even get my favorite game out of the DVD drive.

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 08:46 PM

Getting the trapped DVD out of the drive should be easy....

Most, if not all CD/DVD drives have a little hole in the front panel somewhere, unbend a big paper clip and insert into hole giving good firm solid push till it stops, the slide tray should then be open enough to finish opening by just a gentle pull by hand.
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 02:22 PM

:P I shoulda known that. Thanks for the heads up I got the disc out and found another in the other drive.

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Posted 10 June 2007 - 01:48 PM

This may be a late answer...

Sure that the PSU is good all the way? I've run to a couple cases where they became intermittent with missing or inaccurate voltages... 12 and 5V take care of the fans and lights, but for example, 3.3V missing can (and nowadays mostly will) keep anything else from happening.
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Posted 13 June 2007 - 12:49 PM

well it will run the fans, no boot from hd no bios screen, we find out tomorrow, cause the pro is coming by for the insurance company.

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 10:05 PM

1 way to check yr harddrive is to configure it as a slave and put it in yr new pc and go into my computer u should b able to click on it and check all the system files are still there....you could even format that drive and just use it for storage

 

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:24 AM

The best and easiest way to test your components is to isolate them one by one in a different system.

As for the power supply, the best way to test it is to use a DMM to measure the actual voltage while its powered on, usually best with a cheap PSU tester and a DMM, though you can buy PSU testers that have a DMM function integrated, ie, http://www.frozencpu...tml?id=cgxSC3ND

 
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 10:20 AM

I would suggest getting a Post card that fits into your mother board.  YOu can buy these cards from ebay for under 20.00.  The post card will tell you if you have a voltage problem, and will give you a code as to what is stopped in the boot sequence.  If your processor is bad....the card will give you a code for that.  If you have a spare power supply...you could connect it to this computer to see if it will boot.  If it does.....then the problem is the power supply.

Those are 2 methods you can try.

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