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Overseas Converter Problems - Outlet Sparking


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#1 textonian1918

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 02:55 PM

Hello,

I am studying in Spain and I had bought an outlet converter so I could plug in my Toshiba laptop. When I plugged it in and turned on my computer, the outlet began sparking and the yellow light on my computer came on. Then it shut off. Now it won't turn on anymore. Is the whole thing fried. Is anything salvagable? I'm assuming the converter didn't work. Stupid Radio Shack. Any ideas? I'd appreciate any help very much. THANKS!

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 03:58 PM

Sounds like the converter is shorted.

A new one is in order.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:02 PM

What about the computer? Any ideas if the there is just a new part that I would need, or a whole new computer? THANKS!

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:10 PM

It may have taken out the power supply on the computer and maybe more.
No way to tell without testing the parts.

Will it run or even power up on battery?

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 04:17 PM

No, it won't power up at all, even if it's only running on battery power. Is it possible the hard drive is still intact?

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:32 PM

The hardrive could be intact. In Europe the outlets use much higher voltages. You're hardrive and possibly other parts could be good, it's really up in the air.
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