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PG&E, our lovely local power company, decided to pull a fun prank by cutting the power and then send a sizable surge that fried my computer. The computer was turned off but plugged in at the time.
The next day the power supply was stone dead (checked with my Antec power supply tester) so I bought and installed a new one, carefully replacing all connections as I progressed.
When I tried to boot the computer, the computer "on" light, which is normally green, was red. The CPU fan and other fans were running, but none of the hard drives sprung to life. More disturbingly, there was a smell of burnt plastic filling the room after a few seconds which prompted me to immediately pull the plug.
Now, question: What is the best approach for troubleshooting at this point? I guess my motherboard is toast, but what about my CPU, memory, harddrives, Radeon 9800 Pro GFX card etc? All this stuff is less than 6 months old - how can I be sure not to cause further damage? Thank you in advance!
April 27, 2004 1:44 PM
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