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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun 2012, 23:46    Post subject:  Surge Protector Recommendation? [SOLVED]
Subject description: Suggestion for a good quality surge protector for a single machine using dialup?
 

Hello,

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good quality surge protector for a single machine using dialup?

We only need space for two plugins (the machine and a printer).

Thank you, your response is greatly appreciated.

Sky

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p310don

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun 2012, 09:29    Post subject:  

Hi,

I have found good surge protection is given by using an Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS.

They basically isolate the inwards and outwards flow of electricity, and stabilise the flow to your PC. Of course, a UPS is best to save your PC from a power outage as well, which can do damage to your filesystem.

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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun 2012, 11:33    Post subject: Surge Protector Recommendation?
Subject description: Suggestion for a good quality surge protector for a single machine using dialup?
 

Thanks, Paul...
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RetroTechGuy


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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun 2012, 13:38    Post subject:  

p310don wrote:
Hi,

I have found good surge protection is given by using an Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS.

They basically isolate the inwards and outwards flow of electricity, and stabilise the flow to your PC. Of course, a UPS is best to save your PC from a power outage as well, which can do damage to your filesystem.

HTH
Paul


And many of the UPS companies will give you an "insurance policy" if their UPS/surge protector fails to protect your devices.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun 2012, 16:02    Post subject: Surge Protector Recommendation?
Subject description: UPS?
 

Thanks Retro Guy,

I'm testing out the machine today. So far so good. Looks like HDD still intact and dialup modem wasn't fried. System is working good except for trying to get Pupdial to work. Pupdial worked perfect first time out of the box when I set it up last year but is balking now. But, I doubt that's a hardware glitch. Working on Pupdial issue now. Couldn't get fschk to work for me so I ditched everything and started from scratch. All is back together except for Pupdial which is the heart of his system. (this is my friend's machine, not mine).

Will check local computer store and internet for prices on UPS. He wants good surge protection.

Sky
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jun 2012, 14:51    Post subject: Re: Surge Protector Recommendation?
Subject description: UPS?
 

Sky Aisling wrote:
Thanks Retro Guy,

I'm testing out the machine today. So far so good. Looks like HDD still intact and dialup modem wasn't fried. System is working good except for trying to get Pupdial to work. Pupdial worked perfect first time out of the box when I set it up last year but is balking now. But, I doubt that's a hardware glitch. Working on Pupdial issue now. Couldn't get fschk to work for me so I ditched everything and started from scratch. All is back together except for Pupdial which is the heart of his system. (this is my friend's machine, not mine).

Will check local computer store and internet for prices on UPS. He wants good surge protection.

Sky


Typical names are APC, Tripp Lite and Belkin for higher end. I think that a smallish dictionary sized UPS will run in the $40-60 range.

For example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842101344

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0286288

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0286289

They are quite heavy to move.

Looks like some of the reviews grumble about run time. Most small ones will run a computer for a few minutes. That's normally enough, as most places have momentary "hiccups", and when the power goes down hard, it stays down for a while (and few UPS's would be capable of supporting your computer that long).

I have one like that that now beeps continuously. It did its job and protected my computers (i.e it apparently died)...

Simple surge protectors are in the range of $10 (I think I bought a bunch of Belkin surge protectors for work, which had "insurance" included).

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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Tue 03 Jul 2012, 22:33    Post subject: Surge Protector Recommendation?
Subject description: Trying Out a Tripp-Lite
 

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
We are trying out a Tripp-Lite 600VA UPS with USB Port.
8 outlets (4 with surge protection).
Our little town has only one shop that sells computer equipment, so our choices were limited.
Turns out there have been a rash of surges in the area according to the store tech.
So, hopefully this unit will do the job.

The new external dial-up modem installed a few months ago apparently acted like a breaker switch and did get fried as a result of the surge. We purchased another modem of the same brand and it's working fine. I think the modem saved the machine and my friend's Puppy-520. I didn't re-install Puppy-520 to his hard drive, but, rather, we are running the OS from the Live-CD. Simpler that way.

Sky
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Jul 2012, 14:04    Post subject: Surge Protector Recommendation?
Subject description: Suggestion for a good quality surge protector for a single machine using dialup?
 

I forgot to ask...
Are there any special settings in Puppy that I need to do when setting up the UPS?
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