Hi, My brother has a problem with his Compaq EVO N610c. This laptop is getting pretty old.They got it 2nd hand. That being the case, the primary goal is to try and get some videos and piks off the HDD if at all possible and Id appreciate some thoughts on diagnostics and the best thing to do, as I'm not familiar with laptops. Heres the scenario... After an electrical storm and a subsequent power cut, it went onto the battery. That was OK and then from what they tell me there appeared to be no strange noises or problems in closing it down. Next day my brothers wife goes to boot up and got to the desktop, then the screen just went black and any attempts to reboot have failed. They took it in to see if the tech guy could get it to boot and nope nothing doing. He said "its been spiked" . I went to visit my brother today to see if I could figure out if the HDD is still working or what. I turned it on and all that happens is 3 green lights that come on (top left) and I think its the 2nd orange light from the left at the front which flashes. I bent down and listened for any HDD noises. All I could hear was a very faint short dull knock about once a second. What do you guys reckon? Motherboard fried? If the computer was "spiked" then why would it even be possible to boot it at all afterwards? Any help greatly appreciated.