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...but seriously unplugged

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post #12 of 17
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Haha, folding. Not a bloody chance!

Guess i'll leave it unplugged then. Someone will be at home most of the time so it's not like the flat is being left alone!

Cheers!
post #13 of 17
I would leave it on personally, but that's just me. Everytime I shut down my PC for a few days it never turns back on, and my server PSU died when I shut that down once. redface.gif
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Leave it unplugged and leave a hockey mask, big knife and latex gloves next to it.biggrin.gif
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post #15 of 17
I know it's overkill (and maybe unlikely) but I'm less concerned about the psu (which has built in protection against surging) and more about the network and/or modem plugs.

Lightning strikes or overhead wires crossing are rare occurrences, but when a computer is seriously damaged by power, it's more often the unprotected systems.

So yeah, not a bad idea to unplug it. But the PSU has a fuse.

The network card, sound card, etc etc don't. If there's a short of any kind to them, the motherboard's toast.

Safest way is to unplug everything.

Edit: In point of fact, when you unplug your PSU you're actually removing the ground loop safety factor that protects the rest of the case and components inside. If a surge shorted your speaker amp, or a lightning strike (or serious thunderstorm static surge) spiked the network line, or really anything sent a surge into the case, the PSU ground is what gives it a way out. If you unplug the PSU, that safety is gone. So if you are unplugging that, best to unplug the rest.

I haven't had a PC die from it, but in a thunderstorm my old laptop got corrupted. Unplugged the power but left the network cable etc. plugged in, and when I turned it back on the HDD was messed up. Can't say it was 100% that, but a chance I wouldn't take again.

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Edited by Gray Mole - 3/5/12 at 10:03am
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I've seen maybe one lightning strike in the last 2 years in the UK. Pretty rare tongue.gif
post #17 of 17
Yeah, only been one since I moved back here in Vancouver, but the static discharge can be an issue in severe thunderstorms. When the lights act funny, or there's intereference on the TV (I don't mean satellite) and such, that's when the risk is there.

But really, the only really safe way to store one plugged in, is to have a UPS or something to buffer spikes. A surge protected wall adapter is ok if it's a really good one, but cheaper surge protectors don't act fast enough to protect anything.

Should be ok. Almost always is. And if it's not going to be ok, there's usually nothing you can do to stop it biggrin.gif

At least someone's there to stop someone breaking in while you're away. Not a lot you can do to stop that (other than the police station suggestion biggrin.gif )
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