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COMPUTER VOLTAGE -FROM 110 TO 220

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Hi!  You see, I will be moving from USA to Australia.  Here in US, the voltage is 110.  In Australia, its 220.  I want to bring my computer.  I heard a story from a friend's friend that his computer was destroyed after 3 months of using a 110 computer in a 220 country using a transformer.  Would that be possible even with the use of a transformer?  Is there any solution u could suggest?  Please email me back soon.  Thanks!  
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First, most computers made have switching power supplies with switchable mains inputs for either 110 or 220.  Check on the back panel for the 110/220 switch.  It will work perfectly well on 220 as long as the switch is set for 220.

Some models are autoswitching and will be so labeled and lack the switch.  If the computer is 110V only, then you will need a transformer.  Be sure it's a true transformer and not one of those "electric shaver" 220-110 adapters.

The problem will be with your display.  Leave it behind and get a new one in Australia.  Monitors designed for the US will not work properly on 220/50Hz systems even with a transformer.
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thanks jhance...that was clear and helpful!
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