4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 8, 2007 3:03 AM by Kenichi Watanabe
Bradford66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently moved my computers into a different room. They used to be plugged into separate wall outlets, but now they are plugged into one outlet (with two plugs).

I literally never had a problem with my Macs for 15 years, but since the move, the hard drive on my iMac G5 had to be replaced and my iMac G3 won't boot up (see other thread).

Just a coincidence or could there be power issues causing problems? Am I "overloading" one outlet? I also use a printer, Zip drive and cable modem on the same power strip.

imac g3, imac g5, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Donna Thomas Level 4 Level 4 (2,465 points)
    Hi Bradford66

    This is most likely coincidence - possibly helped by the move, but not likely.

    If you looked at my power-strips you would be amazed!

    I've known a couple of G5 iMacs lose their HDs in the last year (both with the same symptoms) so yours may be number 3.

    I'll have a look at your other thread.
    cheers
    Donna
  • Duane Level 10 Level 10 (117,955 points)
    It's possible. I recommend investing in an uninterruptable power supply (UPS). This will guarantee your devices the proper voltage and nice clean power.

    Just remember that in your previous situation different outlets does not mean necessarily that they were on different circuits back to the breaker panel.

    Message was edited by: Duane
  • Bradford66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Donna and Duane for the input, no pun intended.
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,465 points)
    My father had an overloaded power-strip. He kept having disk directory issues with his external hard drive. I kept repairing it with DiskWarrior, or doing a backup, format, and restore. The last time, I looked under the table was was amazed by the "octopus" that was the power-strip; there were so many things plugged into it. I moved things to two separate power-strips on two outlets. After doing a back-up, format, and restore, the external hard drive problem has not returned.

    So, yes, I think it could be due to your outlet situation.