Whoa, what the hell...

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  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

    neoelectronaut

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    Two issues popped up when I got home today.

    So apparently we've had some bad weather (or so my grandmother says) and the power flickered a bit. This cropped up two problems, one which was resolved, and the other which still is an issue...

    1) When I got home, my eMac's display's colors seemed "off". As if someone had a giant magnet up to it, the colors looked off--reds looked purple, blues looked green, etc. Is this unheard of in a storm? I restarted it and it seems to have fixed itself, but regardless it gave me quite a scare. I thought my mind was playing tricks on me at first.

    2) The storm seems to have shorted out my router somehow. The wireless part works because my sister's PC still works fine, but the actual ports seem to be out. The light for port 4 (of 4) stays on even though nothing is connected, and my Mac only works when connected straight to the modem. Again, is this unheard of?
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    Power surges can often wreak havoc with computer equipment - you may be lucky that your eMac is working at all. As for your router, I'm assuming you've tried rebooting it, and/or resetting it completely. If that didn't fix it, there's a good chance it's been partially fried.

    Since you can connect from the PC, you may want to see if there are any diagnostics you can run, and maybe even re-install the firmware to see if that fixes anything.

    What kind of router is it?
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The router thing - yes, if you get any voltage leaking into your Ethernet lines, you can blow the circuitry of the ports easily. Get the user manual out though and perform a reset to set it back to factory defaults - it may be just scrambled, not burnt.

    The colour wierdness may be due to magnetic interference to the CRT - the eMac monitor probably degausses itself automatically when you power down and back up, so that may clear the problem up.
     
  4. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well what I don't get about the eMac is that it's plugged into a surge surpressor and everything...

    As for the router, it's a D-Link DI-514, and I've both rebooted it and reset it to factory defaults, thinking it'd help. Nothing does, it seems though, however.

    Well, there are two good things about this, though. If my eMac did get fried, I have a good 1 1/2 years left of Applecare, and perhaps this'll give me an excuse to purchase an Airport Extreme Base Station. (Unless someone wants to convince me otherwise.)
     
  5. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Do you also have your ethernet cable running through a surge protector? The electric spike can also travel down ethernet lines into your computer.
     
  6. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No, the manual for my modem says to not connect the line into a surge suppressor or it won't work.
     
  7. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I have my PC connect this way and I don't have a problem:
    Cable-->modem-->router-->surge protector-->PC
     
  8. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    So then, Airport Express...worth the exorbitantly high price of $169?
     
  9. iGary Guest

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    Nope.
     
  10. zflauaus macrumors 65816

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    Last time I checked it was $129. Where at you looking at it? Personally, I think if you aren't going to be doing any streaming and want to share a USB printer over the network, just find a router with a USB adapter.
     
  11. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Airport Extreme, that's what I mean.
     
  12. DanMacTR macrumors newbie

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    Simaler D-Link Problem

    I had a d-link router that did the same thing after a thunder storm. Unfortunately the board inside was fried. The good news was that this problem was common and mine was replaced by the supplier. Call them to see, and if they balk call d-link
     

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