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adamx
11-28-2008, 12:10 AM
Anybody know anything about power surges? WE had one tonight or so I think. Whatever it was temporairly killed the wii and my computer but only those 2 nothing else? all of a sudden shit just cut off. Lights,tvs came back on right away but the comp and wii were dead...wtf? Well after a few mins the wii some how gained life again. Thats after I unplugged it for a bit and then repluged it. But my comp was completly powerless dead it was. however the modem and printer were still fine. I have my comp, printer and modem plugged to the same surge protector(the wii was plugged directly to the wall). So did the surge protector work? I messed with my comp for a bit trying to bring it back to life. Nothing so I thought well I unplugged the wii and repluged it and it came back to life so it may work for my comp. Sure enough I unpluged it for literally 2 seconds plug it in and the comp was resurrected. What happened? and how can I better protect my wii and computer?
thanks

17daysolderthannes
11-28-2008, 01:38 AM
actually it sounds like your power supplies for/in the Wii and the Computer had some kind of built in circuit breaker that was reset when you removed the plug and plugged it back in. It was probably nothing more than a normal power outtage and the sudden drop put your Wii and computer into a weird panic "OMG quick save yourself" mode for a second. If it were a surge, your Wii power supply would be fried right now, but I don't think those happen too often nowadays, at least not if you're on a good, modern power grid.

adamx
11-28-2008, 02:03 AM
Is it safe to plug my wii into a surge protector like my computer? (just incase)

nathanallan
11-28-2008, 02:12 AM
Safe, sure, but a good surge protector has a circuit breaker on it. Cheapie ones that have just plugs aren't surge protectors, just power strips. You may have known that, just making sure. Best of the best is a UPS, though. And the batteries inside are indeed replaceable.

omp
11-28-2008, 06:37 AM
Surge protectors generally have MOV's (Metal Oxide Varistors) in them, these divert the "surge" to a safe place like Earth.

VinnyT
11-28-2008, 02:07 PM
And if a surge protector is in and all your stuff bricks anyway, you get a hefty sum of money.

Rusty Venture
11-29-2008, 12:28 AM
Best of the best is a UPS, though. And the batteries inside are indeed replaceable.

My computer is plugged into a UPS that also shuts down the monitor, printer, and speakers when the computer shuts off.

I love it.

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