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post #1 of 18
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or do you feel 'safe' having it plugged into a surge protector?

Ever since I had a WebTV unit & telephone destroyed during a thunderstorm, I've been all paranoid about leaving the computer plugged in - especially now since we have the new computer. I sure don't want to take any chances with it now. The computer IS plugged into a surge protector, but still...

Some peeps say it'll be all right as long as it's protected by the surge protector, and that you shouldn't unplug your computer b/c it's too hard on it.

What's your opinion on this?

~KK~
post #2 of 18
No. We have an uninteruptable power supply, UPS, for the computer. It has power conditioning and a battery that lasts about 20 minutes should the power go out. We don't have it installed right now, but there is also software that the computer will automatically shut down when the UPS senses the power is out. And the UPS sounds an alarm. I always know when the power goes out if I'm sleeping because the beep is that loud.

http://www.apc.com/index.cfm

My laptop is only plugged in while charging, and through an APC Professional Grade surge protector. So when it's storming out, I don't have it plugged in.
post #3 of 18
I leave mine plugged in.
post #4 of 18
No. I have a really good surge protector bar that I have my computer plugged into. Actually I have 3 surge protectors. Two for my computer equipment and one for my TV/VCR.

My brother's computer got fried one year when lightning hit a power transformer for his neighbourhood. Unfortunately he didn't have a surge protector at the time.
post #5 of 18
I have a paranoid hubby, so we always completely shut down and unplug computers when done using them. We also unplug the wireless modem from the power supply and the phone line and then we turn off and unplug the power supply. It acutally saves on the electric bill to completely unplug everything.
post #6 of 18
Nope. We always leave our computer on during bad storms. And we have our things on surge protectors - our desktop computer, our living room tv, and our bedroom tv are all on surge protectors. My laptop I just plug into the wall when it needs to be charged.
post #7 of 18
I never unplug mine, I just don't really think about it.
post #8 of 18
Nope, never unplug it. Most of the time it's on still, too.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
My brother's computer got fried one year when lightning hit a power transformer for his neighbourhood. Unfortunately he didn't have a surge protector at the time.
The same thing happened to mine WITH a surge protector when a power line was accidentally hit by workers. Thankfully they had to pay for my new computer.

I am careful to turn mine off now during storms, but I usually leave it on all the time and if I am not home to turn it off obviously it gets left on.
post #10 of 18
Yes. We unplug the computer and unhook the dhl cable too.
post #11 of 18
nope. the computer & printer are plugged into a power strip w/surge protection. the TV & VCR are old... probably need replacing soon, anyway - they're just plugged into the wall. if the DirectTV box takes a hit, i think they might replace it for me... if not, i'll just get a new one - it wasn't that expensive.


ok, now i'm thinking i need to get a surge protector for the TV stuff, too!
post #12 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
I have a paranoid hubby, so we always completely shut down and unplug computers when done using them. We also unplug the wireless modem from the power supply and the phone line and then we turn off and unplug the power supply. It acutally saves on the electric bill to completely unplug everything.
That's me, too.

I thought we were fixin' to get a storm not long after I posted this, so being the 'paranoid' person that I am, I logged off the computer and shut it down.

I guess I'm more worried about the phone lines than anything else - even though the surge protector has a plug-in for that, too. I don't know what it is about this area, but more people end up having blown-out phones than anything else when we get a bad storm. I remember when I was working at Wal-Mart, and all the phones in the store were sold out due to a bad storm. Everyone was coming in to buy phones, and there were none to be had. When I got home that night, I didn't have a phone (or WebTV unit either), and I couldn't buy one the next day b/c there weren't any. So I guess I'd rather be safe than sorry - especially with the new computer!
post #13 of 18
Nope........yes I know is a lazy work... I should!....
post #14 of 18
Sometimes depending on the severity of the storm.
post #15 of 18
I think the surge protector keeps it safe, I hope it does anyway.
post #16 of 18
If it's a close storm, we turn off the computers but leave them plugged in (surge protectors) but if it's still in the distance DH and I are usually online checking the weather channel to see if we HAVE to turn it off!
post #17 of 18
I have a laptop, but I keep it plugged in as long as possible when storms come to make sure it has a good charge on it if the power goes out.. (Yes, I'm that addicted! ) I almost never turn it off, but I put it on sleep mode and unplug it when I'm not using it so I'm not wasting power.
post #18 of 18
There's only so much a surge protector will do, and practically nothing if lightning hits close enough - you'll be lucky if your wiring survives that.

My other computer was on a surge protector, yet all it took was a tiny little brown out to mess up the IDE channels on the mother board.

If I think the power will turn off, or has and probably will again, I go ahead and turn my pc off. I don't want to deal with a corrupt file system. I usually can't be bothered to unplug everything. In Oklahoma most storms are "bad" storms - as far as lightning goes. Who wants to wake up at 4am to unplug everything? I so used to the storms I don't even hear them anyways...
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