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Old 01-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #1
Robin Springall
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Default Phew, that was close!

You know that little niggling thing in the back of your head: the one that tells you "Whoah there, boy, are you sure you want to do this?" The one that we generally ignore then wish we hadn't? Well, this time I listened to it, for once, and it was right. Here's the story...

A new neighbour brought her PC in to me yesterday because it kept crashing. I opened it up and reseated a couple of PCI cards that weren't being held down properly then, as I was about to plug the computer into the mains, I felt that little niggling doubt. Couldn't work out what it was all about: I reopened the case, checked the cards again, checked that I hadn't left any cables unplugged, and all the while she was chatting away in her American accent about how she loved the road and how happier she felt than in Chicago.

I had the mains lead in my hand by this stage, about to plug it in, happily ignoring the little niggle, when... Chicago? What, as in America? Don't they use 115V instead of 230? Bloody hell! Ding, ding, ding, warning, warning!! Tunnel vision, stared at the IEC socket, saw 115V, casually asked her if she used a transformer for the PC (I do. Oops, should I have told you that? Er, yes, it would have been nice). Slid the switch to 230V, didn't blow up the power supply. Phew.

Lesson finally learned: ignore the little niggle at your peril!

   
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