Do you turn your computer off during a storm?

@dlkuku (1936)
United States
June 12, 2007 2:02am CST
I used to always leave my computer on, and I still do, except when it storms. Last summer, my mother board was fried when it was hit by lightning despite the surge protector I have. It cost me a couple hundred dollars to have it fixed, which I did since I don't have cash to replace the whole computer. Still a couple of hundred dollars is still a hardship when you don't really have it, so now whenever I hear the slightest indication of it storming I shut it down. My computer is nearly six years old and I know it will need replacing eventually, but I would like it to last at least a couple more years until I am in a better position to buy a new one.
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@anjoks (2084)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
We make it a point to turn off everything here in our house, all the electrical appliances we've got when lighting attacks cause it will really do harm to it. We remove all the connections to the sockets for safety purposes too... well, computer is really way so expensive so i'm really taking good care of this. Take care now. (",)
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• Philippines
12 Jun 07
i agree with you, anjoks. there is a need to unplug all those appliances whenever there are lightning occurrences. we can never be sure as to where will the tail end strike. besides, even if it just passes by our houses, its electrical strength can severly damage our aplliances. more so with computers which happen to be so sensitive. yes, two hundred dollars is no joke to part with.
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@anjoks (2084)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
Ey there, is that your family in the picture? ... "Sino ka jan?!" ... ohhh Davao really reminds me of durian tlga! Love it. (",)
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I agree, I really don't want to have to replace it or get it fixed again.
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
actually, i have this habit of shutting down all appliances whenever there is a storm. my first tv set got heavily damaged due to the sudden occurrence of a thunderstorm in my hometown. then, in this place where my family is residing now, some electrical wires got burned when a lightning struck right at our doorstep sparing the house of the hit by only a few feet. it was good that i was still awake when it happened. it was my son who noticed it first. he is very senstive to the smell of something burning. this happened although i have already unplugged all appliances and only had the lights on. maybe these things happen because of the strength of electrical energy that lightnings bring. even surge protectors and automatic voltage regulators cannot contain strikes when it comes of such magnitude.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yeah, I was really surprised that it hit my computer even through the surge protector, needless to say, I make sure it won't happen again.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
During storm it is our a habit to turn off all electical appliances at home for safety purposes. Those were if there were several thunderstorm and lightning. We don't have to wait for danger to come before we take any action, so we better make action to make us feel safe before anything else happen.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
That's the smart thing to do.
@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
12 Jun 07
If the storm gets bad enough to start lightning and I know it is close by, I will turn my computer off. I sure don't want to have to spend to get it fixed or be without it for a day. LOL
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Well, I learned my lesson, and now I make sure to shut it off.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
12 Jun 07
Nope, I never have. If there is going to be a flood, that is a different matter. Everything gets shut down. we have so many storms in the winter that if I did that we would never get to use it. Luckily, we have very little lightening and it is mostly rain.
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
We live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, so we don't worry much about flooding, but we can gt severe thunderstorms that seem to come from nowhere.
@jolenegreen (1209)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I dont ever turn my computer off but now I think I may start! LOL. I REALLY cant afford to pay a couple hundred of dollers to get it fixed, let alone buy a new computer, YIKES SO thanks for the tip. I appreciate it!
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Believe me, when I found out how much it was going to cost me, I nearly had a heart attack. LOL
@youless (94253)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Jun 07
When there is a serious thunder, I usually turn off the computer. It's safer, I think. I even turn off the TV. So a life without computer and TV and there is a serious storm outside, it'll be quite boring.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yes, it's better to be safe than sorry. I can always find something else to do, I don't watch tv anyway, but I like to read.
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I live in a very stormy area and no I do not turn my computer off during a storm. One time I did have a lightning strike that damaged a computer of mine, so I know where you are coming from. What I did have that strike was going out and purchase quality battery backup units. That way if there is a storm and a lightning strike, the manufacturer gurantees to replace any equipment that is damanged by strike. By design these backups won't let electricity through to your computer which is why they guarantee them. The added benefit is that you can keep working and never lose data during minor power outages. At the very least you have time to save evertying and shut down. For the record you can usually get the UPS's for around $50 and APC is a great and reputable company to go with. I highly recommend that everyone have them, especially if you live in areas where thunderstorms are frequent. Minnie Mouse is HOT! filmbuff
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@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thanks for the tip, I will look into it.
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@Arny00 (18)
• Slovenia
12 Jun 07
sometimes i turn off computer or just unplug my laptop from electricity
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
12 Jun 07
that's one good thing with laptops. you still can use them even if unplugged. but only for a few minutes. but still better, huh?
@Arny00 (18)
• Slovenia
12 Jun 07
about 2 hours
@Eskimo (2317)
13 Jun 07
I usually switch my computer off, and unplug it as well, as voltage spikes can happen if it is still plugged in. A lot of surge protectors give a warranty that your computer will be undamaged and will pay for repairs if damage occurs. If your computer was 6 years old, then it would be more economical for you to buy a new one, rather than repair the old one, as computer's are reducing in price at the moment. You may even be able to use your keyboard, mouse and monitor for a while, and replace them later.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Well, I checked into buying a new one, and it was cheaper to replace the mother board, and this one works fine for me at the moment. I checked into just buying a new tower, and it still would have cost way more.
• United States
12 Jun 07
ALWAYS ALWAYS turn everything off during a violent storm like that. That should be condidered a no brainer for everyone. You should also have all your electronic equipment connected to a power surge. Pick one up at Wal-Mart.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I do have a power surge protector, and it didn't save my mother board.
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
honestly i dont turn off my computer. its running 24/7 and i dont care if there are storms or lightnings. not unless there will be brownouts.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thanks for responding.
@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
12 Jun 07
At my home the computer stays an almost 24 hours... and I didn't have any problem. May be I'm just lucky:)... but I don't advise you to do like me, I'm not a good example:P
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
LOL, well thanks for responding.
@japboy (572)
• Malaysia
12 Jun 07
of course i'll turn off my computer when there is storm happen.My network card used to be broke because of lighting too and also my modem.Actually i've change my modem for 3 times already and phone line connection also can't functional properly.After that lesson,i turn off my computer after i hear the lighting.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Yeah, I learned my lesson too.
• India
12 Jun 07
hai, i want to make onething clear whenever it seems rainy or lightening or thunder comes u should switch off ur every electrical appliances since thunder has high power it may cause big problems such as blasting of electrical appliances.if u were while thundering it may directly hit ur RAM it may get bursted pls avoid that it may cost a lot.ok bye this is a kind advice dnt mistake me
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Thanks for responding.
@Abbyey (760)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
I always turn my computer off when im not using it. It saves energy at the same time extend the life of my laptop. Also if i have documents that are confidential then no one can read them if i am not there. During STORMS i have all appliances plugged off the sockets to avoid any short-circuits. Only the refrigerator is plugged in.
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
13 Jun 07
My computer guy always told me it was better to leave the computer on, that turning it on and off wears out the components faster, so I always leave it on, except when it storms. Maybe a laptop is different, I have a desktop.
• China
13 Jun 07
I do not have the habit to turn down my computer, if my work is end i will turn dowm it! One of my friend have a good habit , she often turn down her computer to protect it!
@maean_19 (4662)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
I turn it off because i love my laptop. Specially, when there's lightning. lol
• Canada
13 Jun 07
I turn our computer off as well because almost the same thing happened to us in a storm . I thought because I had a really good power bar that it wouldn't affect our computer as this was what I had been told by a few friends . Needless to say they were wrong and I ended up having to get a new modem for the computer . It is best to always shut down your computer and if it is attached to the phone line to unattach it as it can go through your phone line and still fry your computer . We thought we lost our monitor one time as I didn't get a change to shut it down because the storm hit so fast . We were lucky and it was something else but the thought of having to replace a monitor was really depressing because we just simply didn't have the money .
@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
during thunderstorms which are normally followed by lightnings, it is but safer to shut down all your electrical appliances and unplug them, this way no electrical short circuits might have happened. as you and others have already experienced the damage done we may as well learn lessons from you. it seems you're too extra careful because you have managed to use your computer that long. i bet you mine is already 7 years and still going strong except for one virus infection that i have my operating system reinstalled.