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#1 Cylon Centurion

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:49 PM

Hi all,

 

I'm new to this forum but came here because I have a question that could use an answer.

 

About two years ago I was running a Dell XPS 210 system when my house was hit by lightning, specifically at the meter on the side of the house. The result was 4 blown circuit breakers, 3 dead tvs, several dead lamps, two broken automatic garage doors, and a few other big ticket items. Included was the 210 system. After the incident it wouldn't boot up or pretend to power on for even a moment, no response, nothing. I removed my hard drive and have been accessing it through an external reader on another system for some time and all my data is there.

 

My question is: Just as opinion, would you think it is just the power supply that is busted or perhaps the motherboard and maybe some other hardware? Nothing is blackened, looks like it was exposed to high voltage or temperatures; it all looks good.

 

I'm looking to order a new power supply this week and am hoping I don't need any other hardware, but I'm not entirely sure.

 

Thanks for any suggestions or advice!



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#2 the_patriot11

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:24 PM

If you cant visibly see any other damage, then the only way to be sure would be to put another PSU in it and find out. PSUs often have overvoltage protection, for that very reason, but they don't always work that well, especially with OEM systems. Try it and find out, worse comes to worse you can just return the PSU.


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#3 Cylon Centurion

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:41 PM

If you cant visibly see any other damage, then the only way to be sure would be to put another PSU in it and find out. PSUs often have overvoltage protection, for that very reason, but they don't always work that well, especially with OEM systems. Try it and find out, worse comes to worse you can just return the PSU.

Okay, thank you, Patriot11! Ordered a new power supply so we'll see what happens. Thank you for the response!


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 09:53 PM

Hi

 

I agree with The_Patriot11. Since it didn't kill the hard drive, the motherboard has a good chance of being okay.

 

Let us know what happens.

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