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How to Avoid a Power Surge?

Recently my friend had a power surge happen on her laptop it was destroyed the power surge ended up cooking her motherboard. I would say and I think most would agree this is the most critical thing you can do to avoid a power outage that may damage your PC, Laptop or any other electrical component.

Here is how I avoid this serious issue, first did you know that dust can conduct electricity? Not only does dust create a cooling barrier it can cause a fire inside of your computer. It is a good idea once a month to open up the case and blow out the computer. You can use canned air or a blower vacuum do this outside.

There are settings that you can set to stop your computer from restarting after a power failure if these are not set the computer during a bumping surge which is on and off over and over again your machine will keep restarting during this time which can be a problem with shorting out components.

To do this using Win XP simply right click on My Computer then Select Properties. Go to Advanced see in the graphic below where it says Automatically Restart un-check that. This way when a power failure happens the computer will not restart.

I think you get the idea here. Although computers are less expensive these days, you still do not want to have to face a major repair due to a power failure. If you are using a laptop run it with the battery only during the rain and storm like conditions. Thanks for reading my articles and using FixYa!

John A. Crowder

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Possibly a bad battery or power adaptor. Try running with the battery out of the laptop. If that doesnt work try a new power adaptor. If after all that, it still doesnt work, it may be your mobo(motherboard). A power surge can easily destroy a mobo.

Feb 06, 2014 | ASUS Computers & Internet

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my laptop pluged in but not charging

There could be many problems with your laptopFirst, check if your laptop was plugged into a surge protector (ex. Power Strip). If it wasn't, a surge could destroy the charger, power supply, or even motherboard.
Second, try a different charger. If it was the charger that broke, then try a different one. I have had this happen to many off my computers over the years.
If it is fried, take it to Staples, or a local computer shop. I would always recommend plugging computers into surge protectors. Good luck!

Feb 05, 2012 | Compaq Presario CQ62-215DX Laptop

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my laptop was hit by a power surge through my modem, then i had a loud taping sound coming from my front speakers and now none of my speakers are working and my headphone jack does not work either.

the power surge probably did damage to your motherboard. if it only blew out your sound then you are lucky. most motherboards dont survive this well. since this is a laptop there isnt anything you can do about it. sorry

May 29, 2011 | HP Pavilion zd8000 Notebook

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After a storm the other night my Proview PL866s amber light is blinking - however when I press the amber button (which usually turns green and then it works) nothing is happening except blank screen and amber light is still blinking. I unplugged all the cables, rebooted power from the power strip/computer, reconnected all cables. No joy. Please help.

If this happened after a storm, the monitor may have been subjected to a power surge, which unfortunately might have killed it.

If you have another monitor (or a friend who has one) try plugging that other monitor into your computer. If the second monitor works, yours will need to be replaced as the input was probably destroyed by the power surge.

If the second monitor also doesn't work, there may be a problem with your computer, most likely with the power supply (this is the part most often damaged by a power surge). You may want to have it examined by a professional computer repair person at that point.

Hope this is helpful!

May 16, 2011 | Proview PL866B 18 in. Flat Panel LCD...

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power surge hit my surge protector with my 'sony tv hooked to it.

Well, the power supply may be still damaged by the surge, what may happen is that when first surge happens the surge protector protect your TV by sacrifing itself but then the second surge comes along, since the protector already blown up then the surge will just come right through to the TV on the second surge. That is bad problem for the surge protector that sacrify itself but can only do it for ONE time.

Oct 31, 2009 | Sony BRAVIA KDL-46S2000 46 in. LCD HDTV

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