Hey all, thought I'd see if anyone here knew anything about this subject. The short story:
My PC will no longer boot if the power cord goes into a surge protector (as of today). Tried three different surge protectors (two brands), all of which appear to work fine, and with which I've never had a problem before. Tried different power cords too.
When I try to boot when plugged into a surge protector, the power light comes on, the fan comes on, and the drives make a second or two of powering up whirring noises, but nothing else happens. No video signal is sent to the monitor, and the PC is otherwise silent.
My questions are these:
Anyone ever hear of anything like this?
What could possibly be the cause of this, degradation of current stability?
How could the current level be different with and without the surge protector?
What most likely changed in the last day... my PC, or the AC?
Should I be calling my power company to come by and check the lines?
I'd appreciate any info, theoretical or anecdotal. I am very nervous about using my PC as I type this, since it is not at the moment protected from line spikes.
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