Solar storm shutting down iMacs?

krause734

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My 2010 base model iMac has been shutting down intermittenly today and I was wondering if this was due to the solar storms today. I read that these storms can affect electronics, gps, computers, etc. Has this happened to others?
 

SandboxGeneral

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My 2010 base model iMac has been shutting down intermittenly today and I was wondering if this was due to the solar storms today. I read that these storms can affect electronics, gps, computers, etc. Has this happened to others?
Yes, in theory they can harm you iMac. However, the strength of the storm would have to much much higher than this to affect your iMac. Unless you and your iMac are in orbit with no protection.

Other systems like cellular and communications systems and the electrical grid would have problems long before your iMac or any other computer.
 

bawbac

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It's possible.
If you are in a humid area, the solar storm may be amplifying ESD, which can affect electronics if powerful enough.
 

r.j.s

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It's possible.
If you are in a humid area, the solar storm may be amplifying ESD, which can affect electronics if powerful enough.
It is EXTREMELY unlikely that the solar storm is only affecting his iMac. If that were the case, a lot of other things in the OP's area/home would be affected as well.
 

bawbac

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It is EXTREMELY unlikely that the solar storm is only affecting his iMac. If that were the case, a lot of other things in the OP's area/home would be affected as well.
1. We do not know anything about his environment. Floor type, humidity, how power is supplied to computer(wall wiring and outlets), etc.
2. No one asked if other electronics were having issues.
3. No one asked if this issue was occurring when he touched something in the vicinity of the computer or by itself.

Unlikely but still possible.
 

lostngone

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It's possible.
If you are in a humid area, the solar storm may be amplifying ESD, which can affect electronics if powerful enough.
Can you please explain scientifically how CME exposure is interacting with moisture in the air and "amplifying" ESD causing the iMac to shutdown.
 

LachlanH

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Well, to quote Einstein.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough”
In all fairness, I hear Einstein had a strong dislike of anything Apple related......


Edit.... Crap, that was Newton. Maybe the solar storms are frying my brain.
 

harcosparky

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My 2010 base model iMac has been shutting down intermittenly today and I was wondering if this was due to the solar storms today. I read that these storms can affect electronics, gps, computers, etc. Has this happened to others?
I have to say the solar storms are causing me a lot of grief here. I have had to switch operating bands in order to continue communications with some people and other people I am just unable to reach.

The transceivers are working as they should be, but the solar storms are wreaking have on the air waves!

Thankfully my iMac is operating flawlessly! :)