Posted 07 April 2007 - 09:13 AM
Usually Windows itself isn't damaged in a power failure or spike. If you suspect it is, use your XP disk to do an SFC (System File Check). It's the hardware that is at risk from power fluctuations.
A surge protecter is NOT the same as a UPS. An SP cannot level out power, and will not prevent damage from a direct lightning hit or extremem power spike.
Look for a model you can plug the telephone cord, cable or dsl cord into, and then feed it to the modem or computer.
If you suspect a hardware issue, sniff the motherboard. I know it sounds silly, but your nose will detect the melted/burned plastic faster than your eyes.
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