Hi everyone Well disaster has really struck this time. for the second time this year we have been struck by lightning! Last time it only fried my router. This time it zapped our satalite dish, our phone system, our heating system, our router, our heated outdoor cat shelter, and our electric blanket. We have several dead circut breakers and this time it got my computer. The Comcast guy came today and fixed the router, so we have Internet on our iPad and our laptop, the heating guy came and left to order parts, he said we should be up and running in less then a week the dish satellite guy is comming tomorrow along with the electrition. I fixed the phone system myself by removing a fried cordless phone that was shorting out the system. Now for my reason for posting. I'm not sure how to go on my computer. Here is what it does, when I turn it on, the light comes on I can see it query the hard drives and the DVD drives, the nothing else happens. I can't access anything. Just a blank screen, I'm pretty sure the monitor is working, I get the splash screen when I turn it on. I'm a software person not a hardware person. Every thing is covered by insurance minus a deductible. What I'm planning on doing first is getting a USB drive converter and pulling the drives and plugging them into our laptop, if they are readable I will copy anything I don't have backed up to the laptop. I will check all my external drives tomorrow and make sure they are all readable. Then I have to get it fixed, somehow. I don't know anyone around here I trust, so it will have to be send it back to Falcon Northwest, in Oregon, or just order a new one, the insurance company will pay for the repairs. They will at least split it with me, if I buy a new one. They may pay the whole amount. I don't have any idea if it's the motherboard, the ram, or some other component and I don't know how to figure it out. Not being a builder I don't have parts laying around to swap out. If anyone has any suggestions or input I'd be glad to hear it? Thanks for any help! Mike Written laboriously on my iPad, one letter at a time. Whew! PS. I would welcome any suggestions on a product best suited to connecting the drives to my laptops USB port, something that powers the drive and converts SATA to USB.