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Kurt Onstad

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Surge Protectors are your friends... [Sep. 1st, 2002|02:35 pm]
Kurt Onstad
[Current Mood |relievedrelieved]
[Current Music |Disconnect the Dots - Smash Mouth - Fush Yu Mang]

Woke up yesterday morning, and noticed that the VCR was flashing "12:00" and my stereo was in "Demo mode."

"Hmmm. Looks like we had a power outtage." I thought to myself.

I looked over at my computer, and noticed the power light on the monitor was holding steady. "That's odd," I thought. "It should be in sleep mode still, which means the light should be gently oscillating. Must be something to do with the power outtage." So, I clear off my chair and sit down. I press the power button on the monitor. No reaction. I look down at the computer tower itself. It's off. Okay. That figures. So, I press the power button on the computer. The power light on the tower comes on, then immediately fades down and off again. I try again. Same thing...Uh-oh...

First thing I do is turn the power strips off and back on. Then try powering up the computer again. Still nothing. I try switching from one power strip to the other (I have two for all of my various computer equipment). Nothing on either one...Now I'm starting to get concerned.

I take my computer into the other room, and plug it into one of Reed's power strips. Powers up just fine. Okay. So, it's either my outlet or it's the surge protectors. I plug one of the surge protectors in, and notice that the power light is on even when the power is switched off. I show this to Reed, flipping it back off and on a few times. Finally, it does turn off normally, and I plug the computer in, turn it on, and turn on the computer. Powers up. I find a "Reset" button on the other surge protector, and once that is pressed, it works normally as well. Move the computer back into my room, and plug everything back in. Everything works normally again...Except the internet. After a little bit of unplugging and replugging things back in exactly the same configuration, I get the internet working as well...

I shudder to think what would have happened if I didn't use surge protectors with my computer equipment, however...