Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: power surges

  1. #1
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media

    power surges

    a power surge just knocked out my main pc. (see my system spec)

    i just wanted to know if there is any recourse i can take. from my power supplier. (British gas). they and the distributor have known about the failing substation nearby and have so far not done anything about it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

  2. #2
    radix lecti dave87's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,806
    Thanks
    657
    Thanked
    931 times in 634 posts
    • dave87's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus
      • CPU:
      • i5 3470k under Corsair H80 WC
      • Memory:
      • 8gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 240gb SSD + 120gb SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus HD7950
      • PSU:
      • XFX 600w Modular
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-A05FNB + Acoustipack
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2x Dell S2309W (1920x1080)
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity Option 2
    Moan a lot on the phone?

    I would visit your CAB if you are interested in taking it further though. I must admit all my stuff is connected via surge protected leads, and theres a hub between me and the network - so if it gets struck by lightening it blows the hub rather than my laptops NIC

    Dave

  3. #3
    HEXUS.social member Agent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Internet
    Posts
    19,158
    Thanks
    732
    Thanked
    1,604 times in 1,043 posts
    You are going to have one hell of a time proving it....
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

  4. #4
    radix lecti dave87's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    12,806
    Thanks
    657
    Thanked
    931 times in 634 posts
    • dave87's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus
      • CPU:
      • i5 3470k under Corsair H80 WC
      • Memory:
      • 8gb DDR3
      • Storage:
      • 240gb SSD + 120gb SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus HD7950
      • PSU:
      • XFX 600w Modular
      • Case:
      • Lian Li PC-A05FNB + Acoustipack
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2x Dell S2309W (1920x1080)
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity Option 2
    Depends if there is visible damage to the components - ie PSU or the like...

  5. #5
    HEXUS.social member Agent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Internet
    Posts
    19,158
    Thanks
    732
    Thanked
    1,604 times in 1,043 posts
    Quote Originally Posted by dave87 View Post
    Depends if there is visible damage to the components - ie PSU or the like...
    Could easily be blamed on faulty components, or "internal" house wiring.
    Its just a git to prove
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

  6. #6
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media
    there is visible damage. burnt connector on the motherboard and a melted psu connector. the house wiring has been in as long as the house has been up and still relies on fuses but it has never caused this type of problem before. the psu is a 480w hiper power psu and the motherboard is a abit ic7-max3 both are top end component or were at least.
    Last edited by alsenior; 09-10-2006 at 11:59 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

  7. #7
    Senior Member kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,196
    Thanks
    1,520
    Thanked
    2,933 times in 2,376 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps
    Proving it's the supplier rather than a fault at your end (from the PSU through to the wiring in your house and any plugs you were using) is going to be hard - did the fuse blow on the plug or did any house fuses go? If not it's awefully tricky to prove that the supply to the house was anything outside of it's normal tolerances.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Posts
    10,351
    Thanks
    600
    Thanked
    294 times in 204 posts
    I've got a UPS on my main machine at the house, its almost always filtering high voltage...

  9. #9
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media
    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Proving it's the supplier rather than a fault at your end (from the PSU through to the wiring in your house and any plugs you were using) is going to be hard - did the fuse blow on the plug or did any house fuses go? If not it's awefully tricky to prove that the supply to the house was anything outside of it's normal tolerances.
    no fuses were broken but there was an occurence on all the other circuits including the high voltage kitchen curcuit when the appliences were turned of.
    in the front room there the lights went bright and the the tv and everything went off.again these were on diffrerent curcuits so it was unlikly a thing that happend in the house
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

  10. #10
    Senior Member chrestomanci's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Reading
    Posts
    1,605
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked
    95 times in 79 posts
    • chrestomanci's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus AMD AM4 Ryzen PRIME B350M
      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 1600 @ stock clocks
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb DDR4 2666MHz
      • Storage:
      • 250Gb Samsung 960 Evo M.2 + 3Tb Western Digital Red
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Basic AMD GPU (OSS linux drivers)
      • PSU:
      • Novatech 500W
      • Case:
      • Silverstone Sugo SG02
      • Operating System:
      • Linux - Latest Xubuntu
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ 24" LCD (Thanks: DDY)
      • Internet:
      • Zen FTTC
    In any case, your claim would not be against the company who sells you electricity (British gas in your case), but the one who operates the local network. For example, if you live in London it would be the London electricity board.

    Do you know what caused the surge? thunderstorm perhaps?

    You might also consider a claim against your home insurance. It can't hurt to ask them.

  11. #11
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media
    i live in grimsby and the yeb controls everything i think. there was no reported thunderstorms in the area.
    it has been known for months that the electricity in this area has been deteriorating and they have done nothing to cure this. hell the entire dock lost power at one point. the substaions in this area have not been upgraded scince the 80's
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

  12. #12
    Old Fool!
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Posts
    1,027
    Thanks
    11
    Thanked
    37 times in 31 posts
    • EtheAv8r's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Maximus V Gene
      • CPU:
      • i5 3570K @ 4500 Mhz
      • Memory:
      • 16Gb
      • Storage:
      • 2 x Samsung EVO 850 SSD; 1 x Samsung 2TB HD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GeForce GTX 970
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic S-12 650 Energy+
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Home 64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2713H
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity II
    Deep in rural Cambridgeshire... we get lots of dips & fluctuations (short dimms, and short outages for 1 - 10 seconds). It is a fact of life, there is no guaranteed continuity or quality of power delivery.

    You must take steps to protect your kit - and it doesn't cost a lot... lots of surge protectors provide connected equipment guarantees into the £1000s and only cost a few pounds, or get a UPS that not only provides surge protection, but also keeps you going throught to outages... that is what I have (APC).
    Try to make each and every day the best it can be.

  13. #13
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media
    they may be a fact of life in rural Cambridgeshire but i live a built up area the power used to be so clean 4-5 years ago that you didn't need a surge protector but it has seriously deteriorated in the last 2 years that it has become a joke. the yeb has known of this for last 18 months and so far they have done nothing about it. the power has deterioated so much that every trash day there are at least 2 or 3 tv's on the street to be thrown away
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 23
    Last Post: 18-06-2007, 08:31 AM
  2. ATX12v power
    By eletero in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-06-2005, 11:47 AM
  3. WD Raptor SATA power connector
    By Taz in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-05-2005, 11:56 AM
  4. Power Surges
    By Matt1eD in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 22-03-2005, 11:14 AM
  5. how to choose a PSU?
    By loriel60 in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 14-01-2004, 04:40 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •