Can't predict how long any system will last especially after a power surge. All I meant was to check for loose stuff such as the power cord. Other than that, you can check inside for a loose cable, but if you didn't move it recently, my first advice is more likely.
i reseated the CMOS battery and that seemed to do the trick. there's still one light on the front of the tower that doesn't come on, but, all systems are 'go' for now anyway.
but does this mean that the battery is dying? or do they just stop working all at once?