I bought a used IBM Net Vista power supply (155 watt) from pcsurplusonline.com, and it was very easy to install with a flathead screwdriver (the original was only 100 watts). Everything works again...except my CD-RW drive, which must also been fried by the power surge. I'm thinking about getting a cheap DVD burner to replace it.
Looks like my power supply to my IBM Net Vista PIII 866mhz got knocked out by several power surges the other day in my area (caused by gusty winds blowing trees against power lines). The IBM had two operating systems, XP and ME.
I had a Compaq Deskpro P2 400 mhz in the closet, that I have been using to scavenge off of for parts...now the IBM Net Vista is the scavenged computer. I have successfully gotten the Compaq to come back to life, taking 256 mb of memory from the IBM, along with a USB 2.0 PCI card and a spare hard drive I had.
The power surge evidently did not fry any of the parts of the IBM that I have scavenged so far. The same IBM was also hooked up to my speakers, my cable modem, router, and external 80 gb hard drive....no effects of the power surge discovered, thus far.
But the IBM itself will not power up.
1. Do you think the power supply is still usable, in other words is it just a fuse that blew somewhere that is easily replaceable. Are power supplies generally interchangeable between computers, like hard drives...or do they have to be special ordered?
2. Can I put the IBM hard drive in my Compaq, with XP and ME....or is XP "married to" my IBM computer (since I have activated it while in my IBM computer)?