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I've been hit, I think
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Joe Dirt    Posted 05-20-2004 at 04:55:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bummmer! I think maybe and I say maybe, My puter got hit by lightening last night. Well, just the modem anyway. Everything else seems ok. When I try to connect it says no dial tone....grumble, grumble....

I know, next question is, how did I get on here then?
2 computers:-)
Funny thing is, they are both connected to the same phone line though.....why 1 and not the other?

Joe Dirt, who can't believe how slow this computer is!

well, it is 4 years old I guess.....

Kristys Red Barn    Posted 05-20-2004 at 07:12:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Am I the only one that didn't know there was gold in computers?? How do you get it out anyway? Sheesh to think I've wasted perfectly good gold an a few occasions.

sharon g    Posted 05-20-2004 at 09:01:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gold, silver, platinum and copper (wires) are all in computers. More in the older computers than new. Find in the chips and boards. Look at your mother board, all the little yellow lines are gold. Each mother board contains about 1/4 oz. The CPU -- all the little "teeth" are gold. Look at your little black chips, the little silver things are platinum. If you have a really old computer some of the little silver colored things are silver. In one computer, there is about 12 oz of gold. But various grades. About 1 oz platinum. And if you have a really old computer, 10 oz of silver.

sharon g    Posted 05-20-2004 at 06:47:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You're not using a surge protector? Get one. They're cheap. Also, you might try a UPS -- will keep the charge going for up to 12 hours. Not as cheap as a surge protector, but well worth the price in areas where you get lightening hits and electrical outages. We've got a hill full of 'em -- dh is in the computer recycling, etc. business. We sell to computer brokers. About gold -- hang on to it! It will go back up. Understand, there are various grades of gold in the computers. DH takes to a smelter who separates the grades, melts down and takes a percentage of the $$ for his fee. If you like sitting there taking out those little parts and have places for storage, keep saving until the price goes up again.

Salmoneye    Posted 05-20-2004 at 09:30:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen lightning fry right through a 'surge protector'...

Read the packaging when you buy one...

Good for 10,000 volts of 'line surge'...Most even say that they are not acceptable protection against lightning...

1 million volts at the speed of light will win every time...Trust me...

Unplug everything during a storm within 5 miles of you...This includes electricity, phone lines and/or cable modem connections...

Either that or lower your deductable on your home-owners insurance...

Salmoneye    Posted 05-20-2004 at 05:27:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Modems are notorious for exploding due to lightning...I literally have a box full if you want to come get one...

I strip all old puters before junking them out for the gold...

Alias    Posted 05-20-2004 at 05:32:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once, I stripped computers and other electronic for Gold but, I stopped when the price of gold dropped. I still have a large coffee can full of Gold plated and gold washed button from Army uniforms. Been thinking about selling them on Ebay.

Remind me sometime to tell you about how I blew $50,000.00 on some math co-processors I once bought at auction. ..........gfp

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