One of my PCI slots – the one that hosted my network card – went down in a bang during a power surge. The network card itself, however, still remains intact.
I can still get my computer on the Internet, however, because there is another PCI slot that's not spoiled yet (I'd better get a power surge protector!). But I am worried that the defects in the broken PCI slot will spread to other parts of motherboard, just like bad sectors do in hard disk.
Is my fear warranted?