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Temporary Power - Help!

by AInTeL / February 27, 2005 9:14 AM PST

Dear reader,

At the present moment, I am enraged to a point where I am afraid of myself going beserk on my family, and I need some insight on the existance of a piece of computer hardware.

I understand 'tis mostly my fault, yet my ignorance is inevitable, and I need some backup help.

Just minutes ago, I fould myself staring at a black screen, momentarily paralyzed, slowly realizing that my three hours of work has just been purged in a fraction of a second. I get up to find the microwave, the hairdryer, the TV, the Stereo, another laptop, and maybe 500 watts of light on simuntaniously for no valid reason.

Unfortunately, my expensive personal computer does not have the luxury of a backup battery, therefore I suffered complete loss of all open applications and their data.

I'll stop beating around the ******* bush. I've never heard of this, therefore it's probably rare, pricy, or just uncommon - the latter being the prefered. Is there some power box that I can hook up my PC? So that the next time my foolish sibling attempts to watch the red carpet and listen to music from a different room while drying her hair (AND boiling the microwave), I will have enough time to sprint down the strairs and recover the power breaker without another heart attack.

Please let me know if there's such a thing around on the market, and how much it would cost me. I'm praying it's not going to cost me more than $50-$200.

Thanks,
-AInTeL

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UPS is what they are called....
by Michael Geist / February 27, 2005 9:23 AM PST
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Yes, a UPS is very useful but
by Steven Haninger / February 27, 2005 11:05 AM PST

depending on what software you were using, it might have created a temporary file and updated it periodically which might still open. It's been a while but I remember some MS Office programs and other suites doing this. You just have to know where the default repository is for these. Depending on the OS, it will be in a temporary folder under your user name and you can open it with the program you were using. It's worth a shot.

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Not good
by Willy / February 27, 2005 12:48 PM PST

What the other poster suggested is a UPS device. It provides power when you lose AC. However, you seem to be experiencing a total failure of possibility the system's power supply. Even, with a UPS present, if the p/s unit decides to crap out there's no hope. If you're lucky, the system *may* have flagged your work depending on what s/w you were using. If be a power problem, rarely do things go right. Get an UPS to help prevent outside AC problems plus a decent surge protector. If you find you lost your power supply, then only a replacement is going to get you back up. Be prepared for possible lost of immediate data(at monet of failure) and/or corruption of system files of any type and any possible devices that are prone to be whacked. replacement p/s units should be at least what you had, but getting a 400W or better will help if your system was less and now stuffed with devices, best to have more wattage available.

enjoy -----Willy Happy

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by AInTeL / February 27, 2005 9:21 PM PST
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Dear posters,

Thank you for your advice. I haven't heard of this UPS device, and they seem relatively cheap... I'll probably go over and buy a intermediate unit, and get myself an actual surge protector (as i've been planning to for a long time), and throw this fake out.

The files were not saved, and I've already redid pretty much everything... Went faster this time though Wink

Well, thank you for your advice, I appreciate it.
-AInTeL

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