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  1. tantrik123

    tantrik123 Thread Starter

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    Dear friends,

    My current ups is nonfunctional and so I inserted the plug of my monitor, speaker and power supply respectively in the individual sockets of multi plug which is itself connected to the main power socket attached to wall of my room.

    Will this new arrangement harm my pc, its components and peripherals, specifically the motherboard? I won't be able to buy a new ups because of financial constraints. When I was in Malaysia, I never used a ups. I would insert the plugs of monitor, speaker and power supply in the multi-plug connected to the main power socket. In Malaysia power outage was rare and electricity was stable so no ups was necessary. Right now in my current living place the power outage takes place once in every 1-2 weeks and the power would return back in about 10-30 minutes. The electricity is more or less stable. I have been told by many people that ups is not necessary and they run their pc through direct main power using multi plug. They just switch off the main power socket where the multi plug is inserted when they are not using the pc and switch back on when they are using it. Currently I am switching off the individual switches of the inserted plugs in the respective sockets of the multi plug. The multi plug I use has individual switches near all the 4 sockets in it. I cannot switch off the main power socket because it is located behind a huge almirah in my room. My fear is that if there is a power outage and the power comes back, what if the sudden surge of electricity (which is rare in most occasions) damages the monitor, speaker and the motherboard through their plugs when the switches are kept on. Does this ever happen? Is it necessary to always switch off the main power socket or the individual switches of the multi-plug to protect the pc?

    I may sound paranoid and crazy but I just want to make sure that nothing damage will incur to any part of my pc from electricity. Any kind of suggestion and advice would be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. SeanLaurence

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    In life, everything is a gamble. I live in a neighbourhood in a safe Canadian suburb with very stable power. A few years ago, a car accident caused a high voltage line to fall onto a lower voltage neighbourhood line, which in turn toasted a number of TV's, refrigerators, stoves etc in the affected neighbourhood. On the other hand, a defective UPS could fry your computer. If this happens, you could probably go to the UPS manufacturer for compensation. Keep your receipt.
    What is your PC worth? If a power surge spikes your PC, it can wreck every component in your system. What is your data worth? Do you have a good backup plan?
    You might want to protect your gear with at least a surge suppressor. A UPS is called for if having a sudden loss of power while you are using your PC is not acceptable.
    I use an inexpensive UPS myself.
     
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    I run my computers off of ups', but peripherals off power strips with a surge suppressor.

    Even then, lightning can strike next to a house and induction occurs.
    Had a TV set internals explode, what was thought to be a capacitor (old crt TV )
    Sounded like a rifle shot. No scorch marks on the outside, house wiring ok and the VCR next to the TV still worked.
    That's when home owners insurance kicks in.
    But computer equipment is often not covered.

    And what Sean said, how much is your data worth?
    Backup. backup, backup.
     
  4. tantrik123

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    Thanks for all the precious suggestions and experiences you have all shared. I will definitely buy a ups in the future for my pc.
     
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