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New place - computers keep breaking

Cubbybulin asked
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Last Modified: 2010-04-25
This might be a stupid question, but...here it is. I moved to this new apartment about a year and a half ago. A few month later my computer died. (the motherboard) I bought a brand new computer, and about a year later, it died, too. (motherboard) Then I built a computer with the parts I had from the previous one, plus a bunch of new parts (upgrade), and now this computer died, too. One day it just shut off. Oh, and I bought a brand new monitor, too, and that died, too, about a year old. Seems like a power problem, but the power supply is good. I was thinking, if it has something to do with this apartment. I mean I never had so many computer die in such a short time. All brand new. I noticed when I moved in, that the power connectors on the wall sometimes have power in, sometimes dont, but the one the computer was plugged in, seemed fine all the time. I did use a surge protector. Is it possible that maybe this apartment has some inefficient power circulation or something like that, and that damages the computer hardware???
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Top Expert 2006
Absolutely! A problem could also be with what else you have connected to the same circuit. Some appliances can fry equipment by sending a power spike through the circuit. TV's, Vacuum cleaners, etc. can do this. Here's an article that may be of interest regarding surges and sags in power. http://www.nemasurge.com/surge/r-whatissurge.html

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I did have a surge protector, so what can I do to prevent them frm breaking until I move? Would a UPS be the best? Thanks!
Top Expert 2006

A UPS is a great idea. A high quality surge protector is also good protection. Try to keep your PC equipment on a seperate circuit from appliances. Unfortunately, although these are all good protections, there are no guarantees..even the best surge protector has it's limitations and can fry out the UPS in the process.
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Another precaution you can take is to unplug the equipment when not in use.
Top Expert 2006

You can also have an electrician check the wiring and outlets for problems, but, I realize you may be limited since you are in an apartment building.


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Best of luck!
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