I recently got a laptop from a friend from church. During a storm he had it plugged in a surge protector but......... he didn't have the Ethernet cord running through the surge protector and the lightning strike came in through the Ethernet line and fried his laptop and his desktop computer too. I think the strike may have exited the laptop out of the USB port (separate board attached via ribbon cable) on the opposite side of the laptop from the Ethernet port. The USB port looks charred/melted on the top so that's why I think it exited there. I'll put a picture at the end of the post.
He took it to a local computer place(they are good/reputable/i trust them) and they said that the MB was ruined. They took the HDD out and put it in an external enclosure and gave it to him so he could get his files off and he is still using the HDD that way currently.
So he gave me the fried computers and I'm hoping to get at least the laptop running for now. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L655D-S5060 Toshiba Satellite® L655-S5060 15.6" widescreen Laptop
I know I need at least a motherboard and a hard drive, and I'm not sure if the RAM is fried because I don't really have a way to test it. But that would just be a minor part of repairing it.
As far as the MB I have no idea where to start really. I don't know where to buy them and if they would come with the CPU/heatsink installed or not? I'll attach pictures at the end of this post, I'm not sure which number on the board is the board number so I guess you can get it off the pictures?
As far as HDD that's not a huge deal. I can get one locally but I might want to get an SSD (thread about that here: What maintenance does installing an SSD require
). I know WD and Seagate are good brands. And it's better on battery life to use a 5400 RPM drive right? I would probably just buy one online and probably get a 250 GB at the least.
I don't want to spend a lot on this. I already have a netbook but it would be nice to have a full size laptop I could use. If I can keep the cost under $150-200 that would be great. If it's gonna be more then that I'll just sell it for parts or something like that.
Thanks in advance!
Feel free to ask if you need any more info.
EDIT: I had looked on eBay for this model laptop hoping to find one with a broken screen maybe but couldn't find one.
EDIT 2: I just found this so if you think I would have to replace that USB board then maybe I'll buy this http://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Toshiba-Satellite-L655D-DA0BL6TB6E0-Dual-USB-Port-Board-w-Cable
Almost forgot the pictures sorry!
Ethernet Port picture 1
Ethernet Port picture 2. The strike completely blew all the pins out of the port.
USB Port. Might have to replace this board too?
Numbers. Sorry there are so many but I don't know what I'm looking for.