Solved playing on pc when lightning struck close

August 7, 2013 at 12:37:35
Specs: dell
I was playing games on my alienware during a storm and little did I know how close the lightning was getting and I saw a flash and boom right next to my house, all of a sudden I herd static in my headset so I turned my pc of unpluged everything came about an hour later and the moniter and pc seem to be working but the won't work together even though they are pluged in to eachother

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#1
August 7, 2013 at 13:12:43
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I would start with testing the monitor with another workstation/laptop and testing your workstation/laptop with another monitor. Do you have this equipment plugged into a surge protector or battery backup UPS?

Make sure all the cables are seated properly.

How do you have the second monitor hooked up? HDMI? DVI or VGA?

Please provide model of monitor & alienware workstation.

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#2
August 7, 2013 at 13:15:58
Alright I'm out somewhere but I will take photo when I return home

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#3
August 7, 2013 at 14:33:18
Just a simple thought - probably won't help but quick to try:
Unplug from domestic power.
Remove alienware battery.
Hold power button in for about 20 secs.

Sometimes this helps.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
August 7, 2013 at 16:37:45
Please clarify desktop or laptop, wireless or hard wired internet, and surge protector, UPS, or none. These also will help narrow the possibilities some.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
August 8, 2013 at 08:06:03
Just my two cents but I believe protecting your electronics is extremely important. If you don't have a proper surge protector or UPS, I strongly recommend buying enough to cover all your electronics.

Don't buy a "power bar", not even the ones with a fuse/breaker. Those will not protect your equipment. Unless you're plugging it into something (like a UPS) that can.

Personally, I only use APC products because their warranty proves to me they believe in their product. Also, I've been using their stuff for close to 20 years both at home and in my work and have found them reliable and well made.

I use the following type at home to protect all my electronics including my home theater system:

http://www.apc.com/products/family/...

While they don't give you a lot of runtime, they give more than enough to shut your equipment down gracefully in the case of a power outage and they still condition and protect against brown outs, surges and such.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
August 8, 2013 at 20:06:18
I too use APC UPS' on all of the computers in my home and started them doing the same at work. I use a larger capacity one where all of my home network equipment is and have it all connected through it.
Remember that your house electrical system is not the only way a power surge from a lightning strike can get through to your computer, you also need to connect your Cable and LAN through the appropriate ports which are present on the better UPS' and some of the better surge protectors.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
August 10, 2013 at 16:47:12
Original poster:
I sincerely hope we have not chased away someone who honestly wanted help. It was not our intention to get side tracked like this, but when someone spouts a lot of techno-babble without actually knowing anything real, it needs to be exposed. The mention of a UPS was for information at first and later as a possible way to avoid problems later, never as a remedy. If you have any details of the problem to add as asked initially, please do so and we will continue to try to help you.
Again, I at least am very sorry that your post was side tracked from your problem. Please reread answers 1-4 and try to ignore the rest for now.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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