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A Little Whine Here

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    A Little Whine Here

    Lightning took out my main PC a few days back and I feel hobbled. All but a handful of my saved patterns are on that computer. I just finished a pair of socks and everything that comes to mind that I think I'd like to start isn't among the few saved on my iPad. Hopefully, the part I ordered will get it back up and running. Otherwise I'll have to replace it. That's not all. My hubby just realized that his desktop PC was also knocked out. He's been using his laptop and failed to check it. Boy, when it rains around here it pours.
    Last edited by Lightning57; 07-18-2019, 07:15 PM.

    #2
    That's super frustrating! How do you feel about taking your computer apart? You can pop out the hard drive and get a drive enclosure so that you can plug the drive into a different computer and pull your files off.

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      #3
      Lightning57 - be sure to check everything electrical in your house. We had lightning hit right next to our house a few years ago. The electromagnetic wave hit randomly throughout the house. It zapped our AC taking out a circuit board, our sprinkler system control station, zapped one feature on our big tv, killed the recharging station on a rechargeable vacuum and my Sonicare toothbrush. Surprisingly, it also ruined some battery operated smoke detectors. We were so surprised it could affect items not plugged in.
      Naperville, IL - Growing Zone 5

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      • Lightning57
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        We had that happen 13 years ago. It took out the two desktop pc's we had at that time, all landline phones, washer, sewing machine, several double breakers in the power box, outside outlets, bug whacker, blew the phone lines out of the ground, all that I can remember ATM. My grandmothers avacodo green fridge from the early 70's it didn't hurt. It's still humming right along. The best fridge we've ever had.

      #4
      Oh no! I sure hope everything turns out well.

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        #5
        Lightning57 I have a 1 terrabyte external hard drive that I unplug when it storms here in Florida, (which is alot LOL) I just unplug it from my laptop when there's lightning.
        Last edited by anniebelle64; 07-19-2019, 09:00 AM.

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        • Lightning57
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          I'm considering it.

        #6
        Lightning57 I hope everything is able to be restored! Come back and let us know if it is so we can uncross our fingers.
        In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

        US Gardening Zone 8B

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        • Lightning57
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          I'll give the verdict as soon as I know.

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        Originally posted by knitterlady13 View Post
        That's super frustrating! How do you feel about taking your computer apart? You can pop out the hard drive and get a drive enclosure so that you can plug the drive into a different computer and pull your files off.
        My husband use to build all of our computers. He's fairly certain the power supply was damaged. The new one is suppose to come tomorrow. I hadn't tried to move the files because I really don't want to have to deal with getting use to working in a different desktop. If we find out the pc has been destroyed I'll deal with it then.




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        • MaryJ
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          Have you thought about changing your user name? LOL. Sorry to hear about this happening. Reminded me to back up my system.

        • knitterlady13
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          Oh good. I hope that's it. It's an easy fix.

        #8
        On the zany side, check your suspenders. Swarfy tells me that twisted suspenders are an invitation to lightning.
        Bless those who disappoint you; they're leading you toward a better path.

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          #9
          Apparently, more than the power supply was messed up. However the HD from the damaged pc does fit and work in the older one I've been using. All is well with that. We found today that house phones were damaged too. At least I can get to my patterns now.

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            #10
            Wow, I'm so sorry you got hit like that. Years ago I made a hard copy or cd of everything I didn't want to lose on the computer. Why you ask? If you met my husband you'd know. He can and does inadvertently destroy everything by accident. He can find a main water line with one swipe of a shovel. Electricity has thrown him twenty feet across the yard. He accidentally wiped the computer at least five times. Etc.

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            • Lightning57
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              How do you accidentally wipe the computer? Doesn't it ask you several things before allowing you to wipe it?
              Last edited by Lightning57; 07-20-2019, 11:31 AM.

            • AFrayedKnot
              AFrayedKnot commented
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              My exhusband used to do that to our computer at least once a month back before Windows. Bill Gates was my favorite person on earth in the 90s.

            #11
            I got happy too soon. The second pc that was running the HD quit this morning. Now I only have my iPad. This also leaves us with no way to view videos/ movies online. We don't own a TV. What next and in the middle of trying to make over our bathroom? We need some extra cash quick.
            Last edited by Lightning57; 07-20-2019, 12:06 PM.

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              #12
              Oh dear! When it rains it pours. Hopefully a solution will occur to you all today.

              How can my husband delete a computer you ask? He's ADHD and doesn't think things through. Just plunges ahead, glosses over words, etc. Thinks he knows what he's doing when he doesn't read the fine print. Always in a hurry. He gets a lot of things done around here if I supervise him.

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              • Lightning57
                Lightning57 commented
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                What is it with men and instructions? Is it their ego or the fact they just can't stand to be told anything?

              • EllenDeKnitter
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                LOL! I finally figured out how to get my father to do the thing Mom wanted done. When they moved into a new house and were remodeling, Mom wanted to tear down a wall as part of the kitchen remodel. Dad objected saying it was too hard/expensive. When I was visiting and we were all talking about the ideas, I casually said, "Dad, it sure is a shame you can't figure out how to remove that wall..." By the time I returned for my next visit it was done. That line served my mother well for years and years!

              • annekepoot
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                My mother asked my dad to remove a non-load bearing wall to open up the small useless entryway into the living room. After weeks of waiting she finally just broke up the drywall while he was at work. He had no choice but to finish the job.

              #13
              Observing my three sons and three grandsons, I would say it's the latter.

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              • FreedomLover
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                My adult son was putting something together and he laid out the parts sheet then carefully went through each item and lined them up accordingly. I asked him where he had learned to do that because it certainly wasn't from his father or either of his grandfathers. He said "Legos."

              #14
              I believe it!

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                #15
                I don't know if this is at all helpful information. I had a whole house surge protector installed next to the main electrical box because we were experiencing terrible power surges and outages during storms (and sometimes even when the wind blew more than 10 miles an hour with aging utility equipment). I had lost a new furnace, telephone answering machine, new oven, etc so I figured it was worth the cost to try to protect all the electrical stuff. So many newer appliances have insufficient protection of circuit boards because "it's all about price/profit folks"and there is really not a lot of information available to help consumers choose the best protected products.
                https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/surge-protection
                Last edited by BZYktr; 07-21-2019, 04:00 PM.

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