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After a lighting strike the graphics card and modem fried.. ok thats fine can replace those but the computer will no longer shut down, goes through the process then immediatly restarts, goes through loading windows then hits a blank screen and stays there. I then have to press the reset/restart button and do it all again. It would then load the front screen with "start wondows normally" option and then would load fine but now i need to reset it about 7-10 times before it loads properly. Always the blank screen. Is this a mother board, graphics, or power problem. I am now too scared to turn it off in case it does not start agian!! Any help appreciated Thanks

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Suggest you format your PC and install a fresh copy of windows and update all the driver. If the problem still exist, most probably is the motherboard problem.

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{Crude illustration}
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In a nutshell, yes and not only to a Dell but to most computer brands/models. In some instances, it's only the modem, router, LAN card that gets fried while some gets everything toasted.

Incidentally, even a near lightning strike is enough to cause big problems.

Kind regards.

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