Originally Posted by GVSS
Yesh, it has always been connected to a surge protector as far as I know.
It was my main computer for a couple of years, then I upgraded and gave it to my father. When my main computer went on the fritz, I reclaimed it, but it had started giving my dad problems not too long before I took it back.
So, not sure if it's something that happened while my dad had it or not.
The PSU atx plug is scorched much more severly than the mobo plug, but I'm not sure if that is just because the PSU plug is male and the mobo plug is female.
I've installed a new PSU into the box, but haven't yet tried to fire it up. waiting to hear back on whether or not that is a good idea.
you will really have to just plug it in and see what happens imo, if you take it to a shop they will probably just tell you that you need a new motherboard ASAP and try to sell you one...
I would try the other psu with it, but just connect what's needed for boot, 1 stick of memory, video card (preferably an older one you don't use anymore, even an old PCI or AGP one) and cpu, disconnect all your drives (power and data cables), the memory, video card and cpu may end up being martyrs in this case but at least you'll find out if the motherboard is still good...
it's up to you though, I don't want to try to encourage you either way because it'll be you that has to replace any parts that might get fried...
that's the only way you're gonna find out though...