I have an old PC belonging to the IBM Netvista series. Even a few days ago, it was working fine. Today, however, when I turned it on, a loud crackling noise occured, and then it turned out to be dead: pressing the power button seems to do nothing.
I have a few questions:
I'm assuming that either the SMPS or the mobo has shorted, however, how should I get to detect which one is the culprit?
- Could the HDD have been damaged when it conked out? (I have some rather important data on it that I didn't back up, and turned it on for this purpose when all this happened. The irony.)
Please excuse my ignorance and many thanks in advance.