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    iMac Problem
    I have a 2008 intel-based iMac. Recently i had a thunderstorm in my area. A powersurge took out our power and my computer was not on surge protector. Now it will not turn on. I wanted to talk to some first before i decide to take it to the store. It is possible though that my upgraded memory sticks caused the problem. Maybe they are burned out.

    My plan for the computer though is to get it fixed, then transfer all my software and music to a new Macbook air and give the old one away as gift.

    Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated,

    FALSE ALARM. ITs WORKING FINE. thank you though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cana05 View Post
    I have a 2008 intel-based iMac. Recently i had a thunderstorm in my area. A powersurge took out our power and my computer was not on surge protector. Now it will not turn on.

    Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated,
    If the computer worked before the thunderstorm...and is not working after...it's pretty safe to say something happened to the computer during the storm/power outage.

    That's one of the purposes of a surge protector...to protect against power surges.

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    False alarm.... sorry. i turned it on and it works fine.

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    You lucked out this time. Instead of buying a surge protector, buy an UPS with built in surge protection. An UPS will cost anywhere from $75 to $200 depending on much load you wish to place on it. With all the thunderstorms we get here in Texas and the violence of them, there's no way I would be without one.

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    Read the specification numbers for a UPS. Protection is typically smaller than what a $7 protector from Wal-Mart claims to do. Most recommend the UPS for subjective reasons. Subjective reasoning can even prove the moon is made of cheese. Only relevant facts are spec numbers. The UPS claims near zero protection. Then advertising (subjective claims) can promote that into 100% protection. It is why scams are so easily promoted.

    The Mac has numerous internal protections. One is a safety lockout feature. If tripped, the lockout is cleared by disconnecting its power cord from AC mains. That safety lockup feature would explain no Mac power on and why a Mac worked again later.

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