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April 21, 2009 9:57:33 AM

how can u repair your motherboard if it was hit by lighting and will the data or the information that is stored in the hard drive be erased ?

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April 21, 2009 10:28:03 AM

HD not likely erased. MB may be toast.
a b V Motherboard
April 21, 2009 12:00:04 PM

Take everything apart and check for burnt marks. May be more than the motherboard.
a c 156 V Motherboard
April 21, 2009 12:28:05 PM

About the only thing a reasonably technically competent person can do is replace blown electrolyic capacitors. If ou do not know what those are, don't worry about it. :) 

There's a pretty good chance that only the power supply died.

Try to verify (well as you can) that the PSU works. If you have a multimeter, you can do a rough checkout of a PSU using the "paper clip trick". You plug the bare PSU into the wall. Insert a paper clip into the green wire pin and one of the black wire pins beside it. That's how the case power switch works. It applies a ground to the green wire. Turn on the PSU and the fan should spin up. If it doesn't, the PSU is dead. If you have a multimeter, you can check all the outputs. Yellow wires should be 12 volts, red 5 volts, orange 3.3 volts, blue wire -12 volts, purple wire is the 5 volt standby. The gray wire is really important. It sends a control signal called something like "PowerOK" from the PSU to the motherboard. It should go from 0 volts to about 5 volts within a half second of pressing the case power switch. If you do not have this signal, your computer will not boot. The tolerances should be +/- 5%. If not, the PSU is bad.

Unfortunately (yes, there's a "gotcha"), passing all the above does not mean that the PSU is good. It's not being tested under any kind of load. But if the fan doesn't turn on, the PSU is dead.

The following is part of my "how to fix a dead new build" post. To repair a formerly working machine, the same principles apply.

Pull everything except the CPU and HSF. Boot. You should hear a series of long single beeps indicating memory problems. Silence here indicates, in probable order, a bad PSU, motherboard, or CPU - or a bad installation where something is shorting and shutting down the PSU.

Even in your situation, this applies.

If you get the long beeps, add a stick of RAM. Boot. The beep pattern should change to one long and two or three short beeps. Silence indicates that the RAM is shorting out the PSU (very rare). Long single beeps indicates that the BIOS does not recognize the presence of the RAM.

If you get the one long and two or three short beeps, test the rest of the RAM. If good, install the video card and any needed power cables and plug in the monitor. If the video card is good, the system should successfully POST (one short beep, usually) and you will see the boot screen and messages.

Note - you do not need drives or a keyboard to successfully POST (generally a single short beep).

If you successfully POST, start plugging in the rest of the components, one at a
time.


Good luck. If all of this works for you, it will accomplish two things. First you will have repaired your own computer. And it will have given you confidence for next time. Yes, there will be a next time.

Oh. And while I am thinking about it, get a good surge suppressing power strip.
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