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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ask_questions, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. ask_questions

    ask_questions Thread Starter

    Dec 29, 2012
    I have a tower and two laptops. I am a total novice when it comes to fixing them. Lightning hit a tree our house and surged the power through the house, burning out a few wall plug-ins and several telephones. It blew out my wireless router completely and might have done some damage to my tower/monitor, but the monitor still lights up-says "no signal," the tower boots and runs, but I can't see if it is working properly because the monitor isn't communicating. I thought the monitor was no good, so I went to a second hand store and bought one. When I hooked it up to my tower, I got the same thing. I think it must have something to do with the plug in on the back of the tower, but not sure. I would just chunk it and use my laptop from now on, but there are two very expensive programs on it (Quark) that I no longer have the original disc to and I really need the program-can't afford another $800 program. Any way of getting around this inexpensively?
    Thank you in advance!
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Most likely the computer took the hit as well and if thats the case then the power supply in the computer is likely damaged if it came through the power OR the lightening went through your router, through the network cable, and took out the motherboard. If nothing comes on the monitor then the computer is not actually booting, its simply getting power. I'd take the computer to a local repair shop, not BestBuy or GeekSquad because they are useless for this kind of thing, and have them assess and repair it if you need access to software on it.
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