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531s Video Fried by Lightning but pc seems to work

by Kallico1 / April 17, 2011 4:31 AM PDT

I was not here, but while out of state my wife said lightning practically came thru the bedroom window. The video on the m2n61-ax motherboard(aka Dell 531s desktop) quit, I tried the monitor on another desktop & it didn't work there either, so the monitor got fried. I power up the 531s & it sounds like it goes thru bootup just fine, its just that I get no video thru any monitor. Apparently the lightning went from monitor to pc, which is strange.
Question is now - should I try another motherboard, try a video card(which I can't really configure), or do I just salvage what I can out of the pc and then toss it?. The video card idea would be the cheapest, but I don't know how to disable the pc from looking for the onboard connector since I can't see video now.

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Iffy proposal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 17, 2011 4:43 AM PDT
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It might be worth
by Jimmy Greystone / April 17, 2011 5:04 AM PDT

It might be worth trying a video card if you can find a relatively cheap one. I wouldn't risk more than $50 or so myself. Whatever your limit is on what you're willing to eat if things don't work out. If it works, it's a lot cheaper than a new computer, if it doesn't work then it's a pretty minimal investment.

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