With luck it will only be the power supply
by Ray Harinec - 1/18/06 3:40 PM
In Reply to: I'll give it a try by IAmMelinda
and it didn't take anything with it. To damage anything else the supply would have had to turn itself on.
I would think that the loss of the mobo [some parts on it] is far more likely than any damage to the hard drive.
If you take it to the shop tell them to unplug the drive while they troubleshoot, to preclude damge to the drive. A hard drive is not needed to do most of the troubleshooting they would do. Just the last check to be certain that the IDE port is still working.
The only other thing to check after the system is fixed is to be certain that the third wire ground is continuous from the computer to your main power box. Hope that no one broke a ground pin off to allow use of a two wire extension.
Also, with the UPS off, I'm not sure how the supply got damaged. I assume that the battery had time to get recharged after the power got restored. Some UPS's will not allow the battery to charge when it is turned off. I one that does and one that doesn't.
Have you tried plugging the computer directly into an outlet??
Usually some of the sockets on the UPS are direct from the power line and not actually going throught the UPS circuits. These could confuse the troubleshooting because the straight through ones will certainly work. Maybe hope that UPS failed. Their warranty is wild, because they will pay for damage to the computer but not the UPS itself.
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