Long story short... my sister put a damaged audio connector in her out of warranty dell and the whole computer shut down. When I plug in the machine, the mobo lights turn on. When I hit the power button, not a thing happens. It was late so I decided to just grab her harddrive and try to boot it on my machine hoping to get some files off there she needs. I figured the mobo and psu were the most likely candidates for serious damage. The power button blinks amber which apparently indicates a power issue of some sorts. When I tried swapping my HD for hers on my machine, the windows xp screen pulls up and I eventually get the blue screen and some error code 0x1000007E along with 3-4 others in parens. I am not in front of the computer right now so I can't provide them at the moment. I will be able to if someone needs them. I didn't really expect for it to just boot on my comp, but I figured it was worth a shot. One odd thing is that I can hit delete to enter my bios and I can navigate around in there perfectly, but I cannot navigate when I am attempting to change the "type of boot" meaning normal, safe mode, last know good, etc. It is completely nonresponsive at this time. I am downloading a live cd in hopes that I can use that to get her files. I have never dealt with a power surge of any kind or harddrive failures, so I am unsure what approach to take. I will probably have the machine in front of me tonight as I try to figure out what could be wrong. First thing, I want to get her data. I can't get it to boot into safe mode with command line since I cannot navigate at that screen for some reason I don't understand. I am downloading a linux live cd hoping to boot into that and get the necessary files. Should I try something else here? Second thing, can anyone provide me with a good approach to take to assess the damages? I have never really done this. Any responses would be appreciated.