House took a direct hit, blew chimney apart. Lots of electronic things ruined. Computer has a problem with USB ports. All not working and no sound. Everything else seems to work. Would motherboard need replacing? DELL 1.8 Gig Dimension 8200 Pentium 4.
It's probably a good assumption that something needs to be replaced - if your USB /audio is onboard (part of the motherboard) then ... yes, it probably is damaged. BUT if your computer is booting, and running fine except for that, that is a good thing - few years back, lightning hit my house and blew apart the power unit in my computer ( )... Best thing I could suggest is to take it to a reputable computer shop somewhere, and have them asses the damage, make sure things are safe.
First under windows system manager try uninstalling USB then reboot and it will reinstall (maybe). Then reload the MB drivers. If the USB is still dead your options are:
Go the insurnace root if possible.
For cheap, if everything else iss till working just buy a plug in USB card for a PCI slot ~$20 bucks.
It sounds like the lightning got in through any USB periopherals you had plugged in (like printer or scanner). EVERYTHING connected to the PC needs to be plugged into a good lightning surge protector strip. Preferably the same strip. Using two different strips can cause a differential voltage surge even if both strips stop the common mode lightning pulse.
EVERYTHING connected to the PC needs to be plugged into a good lightning surge protector strip. Preferably the same strip. Using two different strips can cause a differential voltage surge even if both strips stop the common mode lightning pulse.
It is still under warranty but worthless if it is caused by lightning. Have already got a new Dell and was planning on putting the old hard drive in it but the connections have changed! Got a lot of info that I need to transfer to the new drive. What's the best way to do this?
wow, what a bummer man, u could maybe try norton ghost to transfer settings n stuff from the fried cpu.
also, better than any "surge protector" or "power strip" would be an actual power conditioner.
lotta companies make em, I like these guys best: http://www.furmansound.com/pro/pwr_cond_seq/Index.htm
Well, I design aircraft power systems for a living and you're wrong. Flying through thunder storms is about as sporty as lightning gets.
A properly designed surge protector uses a power shunt that will fail shorted killing the strip but saving the PC. The shunt device has to be a leadless package to prevent L*dI/dt effects in the leads from developing sufficient voltage to defeat the shunt protection. You put a fusible link or magnetic circuit breaker (less effective but sexier) in series with the input circuit so that it vaporises before the shunt element is vaporized.
The cheapies (and incompetents) don't bother to do this properly so they are ineffective.
APC will replace your $1000 PC if their $15 power strip doesn't stop a surge.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS