A bank of powerful thunderstorms just passed through Washington DC. I was sitting working on my work laptop on battery power. On the endtable next to me was my personal laptop in standby and plugged into the surge protector.
A bolt of lightning hit just outside my back window and I heard a crack from my personal laptop. I immediately unplugged it and tried to boot it up. I am getting nothing. What I wanted to know is what this likely did to my computer. Is my screen shot, or am I completely screwed? I can’t tell if it is trying to boot, there is just a steady low hum from the machine.
I know I will eventually have to take it to a repair shop. I just want to know what a surge protector is supposed to do, if not protect me from this, and what the likely damage is.