This isn't me but he does what I do in the shop, office and home. I also have the usual DVM, Oscilloscope at the office so I can really show my stuff there. But here's a video on dealing with the usual dead PC.
Last night, we had a power surge. My desktop is plugged into a surge-protected power strip. However, after the power surge, the computer would not boot up again when I tried to turn it on this morning.
Here's what I've observed:
* Power strip still works - all other items attached to it are fine
* Amber indicator light on mobo is on, as it always is when the PC is off.
* No signs of physical damage on mobo (i.e. burns, popped transistors, etc)
I did not have time before work this morning to begin the troubleshooting process, but I've narrowed it down to 2 possibilities:
1) Best Case Scenario - power supply is fried, not bringing in enough voltage to power up the unit. Simple solution - replace the power supply.
2) Worst Case Scenario - mobo is fried. There is no solution - entire rig needs to be replaced.
I'm hoping it's not Scenario 2, especially since there is an amber indicator light on the mobo. If the mobo was fried, I imagine nothing on it would work.