Can I save any of the components from a computer that was destroyed by a virus?

by on February 1, 2011

Q: My dell dimension was destroyed by some kind of virus. It won’t even turn on. I’ve since replaced it, but I’m wondering what, if anything can be salvaged from the old one. 120G HDD, (2) memory cards, video card, DVD-ROM, CD burner. Intel 2.8 on Foxconn MoBo. It was running XP (SP3), and in good shape before the demise. I have replaced everything systematically, and it seems the only thing left to blame is the MoBO, as it is the only thing that has not been changed. Could any of the other hardware be any good?


One Response to “Can I save any of the components from a computer that was destroyed by a virus?”
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    Contrary to what you’ve seen on movies, viruses don’t damage computer hardware. So if you’re having trouble with it not even turning on the primary culprit components are the PSU and the motherboard. Odds are one of these two items is bad, and everything else is perfectly fine.