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Maverick123w
10-02-10, 12:27 PM
Woke up this morning and the alarm clock was flashing so I figured we had lost power. When I tried to power my system on this morning the machine wouldn't post but threw out a beep code. Code means hardware component failure.

I tried the ram removing video card etc. etc. but nothing is working. I imagine the board or chip is gone.

Anyone know if renter's insurance would cover something like this? I believe I have $10,000 in coverage but I'm not sure if they would cover a surge or not.

Just wondering if any1 else has tried to submit a claim. Thanks, Will

bob saget
10-02-10, 01:15 PM
wow what a pain in the ass. hopefully you get it sorted out.

bob saget
10-02-10, 01:25 PM
i am guessing you had a surge protector? I am interested if the company that made it would cover anything....

Maverick123w
10-02-10, 03:04 PM
i am guessing you had a surge protector? I am interested if the company that made it would cover anything....

Yeah it was on a surge protector. I doubt they would cover it but who knows.

betterdan
10-02-10, 04:16 PM
My insurance through Nationwide paid for the computer when we had a power outage and it ruined the power supply. It was caused by the tree falling outside and hitting the power lines. It's worth a shot to call them and find out. You will of course have to pay any deductible.

Maverick123w
10-04-10, 01:02 PM
Called the insurance company. My deductible is $250. I'm going to try a new power supply first and see if that fixes the problem (this thermaltake is no-where as good as I thought it would be) and if it happens to be more than that I'll just submit a claim and build a whole new system.

I got the system to post without my video card in the machine but it was still acting all kinds of crazy. Installed my video card in a friend's machine and it booted up just fine and ran kombuster for an hour with no issues, so I think my power supply is the culprit here. I wanted to replace it with a unit that had better line noise to begin with so now is a better time than ever.

I was originally going to go with a Corsair non-modular unit as money is a little tight, but I think I'm going to go with the XFX 850Watt black edition psu. The color scheme has always made me overlook it but I read some reviews on johnny guru and hardware secrets and holy crap it's amazing.

My supplier at work has it for $115 and at that price is an unbeatable deal.

Besides the color scheme (which is so ugly) anyone have any personal experiences with this unit that would give me a reason not to buy it?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850

Maverick123w
10-06-10, 12:01 PM
Power supply came in today. This thing is HEAVY. I'm going to stay late in the shop and install it in my machine. Hopefully I'm back up and running tonight.

Yaboze
10-06-10, 01:08 PM
I hope that does the trick.

I have all of my systems on APC UPS's.

Maverick123w
10-06-10, 02:31 PM
I hope that does the trick.

I have all of my systems on APC UPS's.

I need to do the same thing but I've been incredibly lazy about doing it. Think I may just do it now :D

Maverick123w
10-06-10, 05:29 PM
New supply works :D Machine booted right up!

Muppet
10-07-10, 01:44 AM
Good to hear. The PSU is the most important part of any PC IMO.