well i went to radioshack and they confirmed that it was indeed fried, and it was not the capicotors, but probalby some type of stepdown converter. Next question is where can i replace this (radio shack has nothing like it)? Or can i use my ITPS which i was under the impression acted the same way to convert a not so stable voltage to a more stable 12v. Also, if this happened to my "egg" could it also happen to the ITPS? Since there is clearly a dip below 12v, should i be worried about damaging the ITPS or even the computer!!