Laptop struck through internet cable

November 18, 2011 at 00:12:57
Specs: Windows 7
Laptop struck through internet cable. I am onlining just now and the thunder comes. I heard a hizz sound before my laptop ent blank. Immediaely, i unplug all the connections. But, sadly, when i try to reboot my laptop, it fails. The blue light for power button it a while then disappears. However, the orange and green light in the Internet port beside the left of the laptop kept lit up. What had happened? Is this called a lightnning struck? But , all other electrical appliances work just well as the safety circuit broker did break the circuit. Thanks a lot.

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November 18, 2011 at 07:30:19
Probably time for a new laptop.
The problem is that the lightning strike entered through the Ethernet port. The sensitive electronics here have little tolerance for the very high voltages that this can bring. Electrical appliances and electronic devices have a much higher tolerance for lightning coming trough the power line.

When lightning is in your area the only safe thing to do is pull the power plug and Ethernet port from your computer or router if you are using one. Circuit breakers are much too slow to prevent damage. Surge protectors help but they offer no sure protection either.

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