Well to start off lightning actually hit my house on 8/19 (it burned a hole clean through my rain gutter). During the strike i was on my M1530 actually checking the weather believe it or not. The storm had mostly passed and i didn't hear thunder for about 15 mins at this point. Then BOOM. Laptop shuts off. I had her plugged into a Belkin Surge Protector rated at 500 VPR. Which did NOTHING to stop the surge. I'm currently waiting to hear back from them after filing a surge protector claim. After a LONG reboot, this is whats going on... -HDD is OK! all data is there is seemingly ok, -CPU is good (swapped my old T5250 to get the same results.) -No LAN device recognized. (Marvell 88e8040) Even when ethernet cable is plugged in ,the LAN lights (on the side) do not light or flash. no LAN detected in Device Manager or Network Connections. WHERE DID IT GO??? -No WIFI. the wifi switch on the side would no longer turns on the blue WIFI LED, or detects any wifi networks. But the icon IS in Network Connections, and is recognized in Device Manager, just not working. -Laptop boots as soon as i plug in the AC adapter with or without the battery inserted. not pressing any power button, it just automatically boots itself. If i insert just the battery when off, nothing happens (like normal) -After shutdown, the CPU (and heatsink) and wireless chip (intel 4965agn) get extremely hot to the touch. I mean BURNING hot. No fan running, because it's off. I have to unplug and remove battery to prevent damage because it gets so hot. After i unplug it continues to heat until i remove the battery. why!? What Ive Tried: -Resetting BIOS, removing the CMOS battery and reinstalling. nothing. -Checked all BIOS settings for any "auto-on" or "alarm" feature after power failure. -BIOS Diagnostics found no Errors -Purchased a refurb motherboard on ebay (part# RU477). This got my LAN connection back. So now i have a good internet connection. but wireless is still out and all other symptoms still exist. -Endlessly messing with wireless drivers, uninstalling, reinstalling....... -Purchased new AC adapter on ebay, still waiting for the mail to arrive..... Can ANYONE please shed some light on my situation??? This is soo frustrating im going crazy trying to find similar situations online. Might i need a new wireless chip? (4965agn) Why does my PC auto boot when plugged in? Why does it try to melt itself down when it's off?!? Dell tech support is pretty bad, one person says I'm still covered till 2012 and the next tech says my warranty has expired and they can't help me, just pass me back and fourth. The only advise they give is to "try removing the battery hold power button for 30 seconds, then reboot" Oh yea. The lightning also took out our refrigerator and the a/c unit in the house.