PC form factor

From: Phil Clayton <musicman38_at_mindspring.com>
Date: Thu Jul 8 07:40:33 1999

Hans Franke wrote:

> > > IBM had people who were really worried about noise, hence wouldn't put a
> > > meaningful fan in the box. That little thing in the PSU (which dies more
> > > often than any other single component in any PC)
> > Not to doubt your word, but as owner of a small PC repair shop, my experience
> > (and records) would suggest that the following components have a higher
> > failure rate than power supplies or their fans. In order from highest
> > failure rate:
> > 1) modems -- extremely susceptible to spikes -- our most common repair
> Modemfailure due spikes ? Just out of couriosity - do you still
> have telegraph like overhead single wire telephone connections
> and no protective devices in your area ? (Thats just the only
> way I can imagine to become the modems into #1 failing devices)
> Gruss
> H.
> (Just back from Oslo)

As a computer tech in SW Florida, My number one service call isreplacing Blown
modems. Damaged by spikes on the telephone lines.
SW Florida is the "Lightning Capitol", more lightning strikes here than
anywhere else in the united states..
Modems are the number one reason for service calls in this area..
Phone line surge protectors are a must in this part of the states,
But they get "Fried" in direct strikes also..

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