WIll my motherboard burn due to lightning???

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lonestar76

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I had an external modem which had been struck by lightning 1 week ago. Now, i am using an internal modem. I have a ques:

Since the internal modem is connected to the PCI slot, if lightning strikes my modem again, will that burn my motherboard as well? I am worry that if lightning strikes my modem, my motherboard/other PCI cards will burn...
 
Baloneyflaps

Baloneyflaps

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There's a very good chance it will, yes.

In fact, you're lucky you only lost the external modem when it got zapped.

Practically anytime something connected to your computer (be it internal or external) gets fried there is a very real chance the damage can extend to the mobo... and anything else in the system for that matter...



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lonestar76

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In fact, you're lucky you only lost the external modem when it got zapped.
Gosh, I didn't know that...

Is there any ways to avoid this instead of plugging off the telephone line from the modem?

in fact, this is my second modem got fried by lightning.... I heard that surge protector doe not really work for lightning as the voltage is too high to be handled by the protector. Is that true? Is it expensive to invest in one?
 
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pfoerste

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Three strikes and you may be out!
The only positive way to protect your system from lightning is to up plug it. All wires hooked to the wall, phone line and power
 
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Jeff7

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My surge protectors (Tripplite Super7+Tel) have a 6000 volt, ~25000amp rating. Something like that. But I heard that over 6000 volts, the power will arc to the ground wire in the socket, and not that much, if any of the surge will make it to the protector. I have already had my computer running through several severe thunderstorms without incident. (Gotta love having a UPS too.
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TaNG

TaNG

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what are these surge protector things? and how do they work? like where do they plug into?

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COZITSTHERE

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A good surge protector is a must! Protect your investment. I do not run any of my home PC's during a storm. I do however make a lot of money off those who do.
 
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lonestar76

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I didn't turn on my computer nor the modem during the thunder storm, but my modem still gets zapped.... I had a cheap lightning arrestor/protector connected to the modem, anyway, it is not a good protector as it is very cheap. I believe if it is not because the protector, my motherboard probably would have burnt too...

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