|Ok. The OP also stated that the unit was NOT unplugged when stated "but forgot to unplug my adsl modem cable. Unfortunately the lighning hit the telephone lines, frying my modem". You may be surprised to learn that a standard indoor telephone line is capable of carrying 110 volts of electricity. It only takes a few volts in the wrong place to kill a computer. I would have no doubt that if electricity from the strike made it to the modem it would have also made it through the modem before it died and broke the circuit. |
Just to test this idea try taking a 12v dc transformer and connecting it to a rj45 cable. Any 2 of the wires will do it makes no difference. Connect the other end to your ethernet port and turn on the transformer. Let me know how this works out for ya.
For the OP I would recomend testing each component seperately. You may get lucky. Just because the psu was not plugged into the wall does not mean it was not part of the circuit. It is plugged into at least on point on the motherboard as well as once to each drive. If electricity was introduced by way of the ethernet port who knows the path it took from there. Keep in mind this was likely a high rate of electricity who is to say it didn't arc from one component to another.
Have you opened up the case? Have you seen any noticable damage? Start with that first. Everything else here is just random guess work at best. Does it smell burnt???
I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.