[muglo] Re: Storm Protection

I also had my iMac fried once in a thunderstorm.  So, if there is a storm
nearby, I unplug everything just to be safe. I'm sure the powerbar with
surge protection work, but I'm not sure if I'm going to trust it. Better
safe than sorry.

Barry A.




On 6/12/04 8:45 AM, "Marty Peterson" <marty.peterson@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I have held a bad experience with my MAC plugged into a wall outlet.  In
> September 2002, I had plugged my MAC into the wall, the same outlet as the
> answering machine.  Through the night we had a terrible thunder storm that
> hit the house or close to it.  The answer machine was fried but the compute=
> r
> seemed fine.  Over the next couple of weeks the computer began to become
> slower and slower.  Thinking the problem was a lack of RAM, I order more fo=
> r
> it. (PowerBook G3 with standard 64mb).  Six or seven pieces of RAM later we
> discovered that it was damaged by a power surge from the lighting. This of
> course meant replacing the computer totally and I now have a G4 PowerBook
> that I immediately unplug it from everything during a storm and continue to
> work on battery.=20
> 
> Marty
> 
> 
> On 6/12/04 8:29 AM, "Theresa Roth" <theresaroth@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
>>> With all the storms that we have had recently - and who knows for the
>>> future!! - is it necessary to turn off the power, unplug the supply
>>> and/or disconnect the telephone line to the modem?  It seems these days
>>> that people leave their computers on in storms!!  Perhaps they are more
>>> robust now?
>>> =20
>>> Paul
>>> =20
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>> I left mine on as I=B9ve never had a problem.  I do have a $35 powerbar whi=
> ch
>> I=B9m not sure if it=B9s also a surge protector.  Here=B9s what happened:  My
>> o=
> ld
>> TV got cooked (straight horizontal line), my water heater fried, my furna=
> ce
>> merely shut off, a cordless phone fried and I was without phone service f=
> or
>> 48 hours.  My Mac is ok but the phone jacks in the powerbar are fried. I
>> assume the powerbar protected my Mac from surges both through the electri=
> cal
>> and phone lines.  But now, I can=B9t use the phone jacks in the powerbar an=
> d
>> must plug the Mac into the wall directly.  I=B9m unsure of whether this wil=
> l
>> prevent surges and/or damages in the future.
>> =20
>> Theresa
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