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I just got a warning for severe thunderstorms for my area (which is really rare to get any weather warnings) as well as a severe wind and rain warning. It's already been pouring and blowing like crazy all morning.

My question is, should I be worried about my computer being damaged from brown-outs or the like? We've already experienced two so far, where the lights dimmed and everything electrical shut down then came back on. I'm hooked up to a Belkin Surgemaster, but will this keep me safe?

The simple answer seems to be...shut off the computer to avoid risk. But this is perfect weather for me to sit here and be lazy on my computer all day
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post #2 of 26
A simple surge protector will not prevent a brownout, thus not prevent any damage from that to your system, so I would play it safe and shut it down and unplug it.
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post #3 of 26
I'd get a APC power surge/power backup ups to make sure. but for now if your
worried un-plug it. however it is unlikeley that it'll take your pc out if you have a good PSU.
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post #4 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp View Post
A simple surge protector will not prevent a brownout, thus not prevent any damage from that to your system, so I would play it safe and shut it down and unplug it.
I'd have to agree.

A surge protector is only just that, a surge protector. They usually don't have ANY sort of power filtering built in, to prevent damage. Just surge protection. Brown Outs are usually the voltage being too low (supposed to be say 115vAC, you get 90vAC). And that can hurt equipment just as badly as too much voltage.

If you REALLY want to sit there and be lazy, have at it. But its your equipment on the line.

And if you really want to make sure that you're safe in the future, get yourself a battery backup (UPS).
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post #5 of 26
Are you on a power strip with a surge protector?

Also,

Is your computer connected your router by cable or wireless?


I'd worry less about data corruption due to crashing in brownouts, than I would your gear getting smoked by surge through either the wall outlet or through the ethernet cable.

TRUE STORY:
My brother's laptop was connected to our router by ethernet cable--router was connected to DSL by cable, then to wall by telephone cable. Lightning hits the telephone in our building...goes through the DSL with out touching it, goes though the router too without touching it-and SMOKES the ethernet port on his laptop....and ONLY the ethernet port.
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post #6 of 26
Even a relatively inexpensive UPS will give you enough time to turn your system off during a brown/black out. Would be a good time to consider making such an investment.
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post #7 of 26
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I'm hooked up to this:



Damn, this sucks. I do have a good power supply, HX650, but it has no warranty since I sleeved it.

I have no UPS, nor the money to get one right now.

I have cable, but it goes wall>modem>pfsense pc>switch>switch>my pc so if I manage to fry a ethernet port from that I think I'd actually have a laugh.

I think I'll risk it, stupidly, because I'm that lazy and don't have anything else to do
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post #8 of 26
Surge Suppressors should be unplugged during a thunderstorm because they are not intended to protect against lightning strikes!

For that matter, everything you care about should be unplugged during a thunderstorm. I mean, get off the grid and wait it out. This includes internet and telephone connections because these are vulnerable connections too.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/20/11 at 3:37pm
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post #9 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by R00ST3R View Post
Even a relatively inexpensive UPS will give you enough time to turn your system off during a brown/black out. Would be a good time to consider making such an investment.
I have been wanting one in the past, I just don't have the money to even get a cheap one right now. One day I will.

IF by chance my system does fry (that is all I am worried about, data loss isn't that big an issue) then I'll just need to get that new PSU I've been needing and warranty everything else

I have a feeling I'll be safe though.
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post #10 of 26
ur warranty is voided for the psu if u opened it, if u didnt and sleeved it, then youre fine.

i would also just take your gpu out. better save 1 than none
    
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