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Same thing happened to my Jim. Thunderstorm last week, with no
_apparent_ lightening strike in the area (no trees, etc., hit) but blew
out his modem, his keyboard and mouse (not computer), two TVs (but not
a third one), his cordless phones, his satellite TV system, and his
automatic adjustable bed (naturally it "froze" in a weird position!).
Did not get refrigerator, freezer, other things.<br>
Also it did not damage anything in other family members' houses,
although we're all clustered together.<br>
Most everything was hooked up to surge protectors. I whined and asked,
what use are surge protectors; aren't they supposed to prevent that?
And Jim--who knows more about practical things like electricity than
I'll ever know about genealogy--said nothing stops lightning.<br>
I *will* say, however, that one of my daughters had one of those surge
protectors with a guarantee. When lightning blew out her computer, she
actually had the guarantee and sales receipt, and was able to take
advantage of the guarantee to get money for a new computer. Of course,
she had to go through hell to get it. But how many of us know where our
surge protector guarantees are?<br>
And, yet, what are you to do? Around here, it can come up a
thunderstorm twice a day, on many days. And lightning can strike out of
the blue, literally, even when there's no immediate storm. Do you
really think I have the time to stop working and go around the house
unplugging all my electrical appliances every single time? Lightning is
lightning. If it's really close, unplug what is most important to you.
But mostly, it's just one of those things that you hope doesn't happen.
Keep backups of everything. Like others, I use Mozy, plus various
external hard drives.<br>
Debbie Parker Wayne wrote:<br>
<blockquote cite="mid:4A9A857F.firstname.lastname@example.org" type="cite">
<pre wrap="">One reminder to all - even a UPS won't always protect devices from
electrical fluctuations in a storm. This is my caution to make this
message on-topic and useful to all the list members.
Due to a lightning strike I can offer someone a very good deal on HP 88
ink cartridges. Contact me off list if you are interested in a good deal
on HP 88XL black, HP88 yellow, two HP88 cyan, and two HP88 magenta ink
cartridges for HP OfficeJet Pro K550, K5400, K8400, L7550, L7580, L7590,
L7650, L7680, L7750, L7780 printers. I can hand deliver to Little Rock
saving shipping charges. <grin>
Just as I was thinking I should shut down my PC as a storm neared there
was a peal of thunder immediately followed by a loud pop in my office.
So far we have discovered we lost two printers (completely dead), a
large monitor (only red colors display now), a USB hub, a USB port on a
PC, a network port on a PC, the network router, one cordless telephone,
and the HDMI output on the DirecTV receiver (or the HDMI input port to
the TV). The printer/FAX caused the telephone line to be dead until we
disconnected the phone line from it. These devices were scattered on
three different UPS devices and several surge protectors.
I now believe those warnings that say you should shut down and
disconnect electronic devices from AC when a storm approaches.