Glad that was the only issue. Considering the old wiring in the house, you do have it hooked up to a UPS now as well, right? It definitely is a good safeguard in places with older wiring >.> (mine has served me quite well :P)
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
A UPS or a surge protector?
UPS with built in surge protection. That way when the power blips you're up and running and when it surges it's more likely that the UPS dies instead of the machine.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Mmm, I think I've a surge protector lying around somewhere. I did have a fancy UPS thing, but it rang an alarm once every month to tell me to check the battery - and the last thing I want in a house in the middle of the night is this shrill piercing....
I figure, if the power dies all I'm likely to lose is what's in the write buffer anyway. My HD spins down after five minutes, so the odds are probably with me on that one. I'll be cheesed off, sure, but not as cheesed off as the bother of the alternative was causing me.
Maybe if I've some splosh cash at some point in the future I'll fix another one up but it's a fair way down the priorities list.
Coincidentally, while we're on the subject of cables and bits, anyone who still has the 13amp fuses your plugs came with in them... : Unless you're doing something incredibly power intensive it's probably well worth changing them for 5 - or even 3 amp fuses. 13amps lets you draw (at least in the UK) up to something like 3100W before it blows. 5A takes you up to around 1250W - which is more than enough for almost everything. 3A <= 750W.
10th September 2007
Surge protector is a must. Although, if it's the PSU's time, then there's not a whole lot you can do. One of my dad's previous rigs went that way; one day fine, and then ZAP! Everything but the video card (and maybe the HD) was fried.
"I'd shush her zephyr." ~ Zephyr.