well i need to keep the wife happy and im having a hrd time figuring out what went bad. here is the story. had a thunderstorm a few hours ago and the pcs turned off(including mine) both of them fired up fine like normal. no errors..nothing. my wifes pc went into her screen saver and then the screen went black..normal...monitor turns off. she trie to get on it and all that comes up is the screen saver for the monitor...basically a self test mode. ive pulled out all hardware in the pc except the CPU and the thing wont post. i here no beeping. im using RAMBUS ram...meaning that if the ram is not in the PC while booting it beeps like crazy. conclusion, would you say the Mother board it toast or the CPU running a P4.17ghz socket 478 with 384mb of rambus ram nvidia 5600 256mb card. any ideas?