Posted 14 December 2005 - 07:23 PM
power board = what we call the thingy which tuns your wall outlet into 4 (or more) outlets.
I don't believe you will find any kind of surge protection or fuse on your mainboard (motherboard).
To pop the surge protector indicates a serious problem with your PC (unless you were running other power hungry electrical devices from the same "board"?) AS I said before I think your computer power supply (PSU) has blown.
(DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE COMPUTER POWER SUPPLY - THERE ARE DANGEROUS VOLTAGES PRESENT!)
Computer power supplies are supposed to be able to cope with temporary shorts on the motherboard without damaging anything - you could try this:
- Remove all the plug-in cards except the video card.
- Unplug all the drive cables including the power to the hard drive the floppy drive and the CD/DVD drives.
- Remove any additional sticks of memory (leave one plugged in).
- Power up.
Does anything appear on the screen? Are there any beeps? If you do get something appearing on the screen then there may be a short in one of the components you removed/unplugged. Connect them one at a time until you find the one which prevents the computer from powering up. Then look to replace that device.
Is there another PC available you could borrow some bits from? If possible swap out the video card after you have removed the items from the list above. With your PC in its minimalised state swap the power supply from the other PC.
You could also remove your PSU and take it in to a computer shop and ask them to test it. They should be able to give you an answer almost immediately for little cost.
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