It never happens to you, right? We’re at home and hear the distant rumble of thunder and see a flash. It’s misty so we can’t see much but we go into the porch to watch the lightning (after I unplugged the computer). It’s a pretty intense storm and the following conversation takes place:
Paula: Wouldn’t it be nice if the lightning strikes in front of us so we can see it.
Me: It won’t happen as there are trees behind the house higher than us.
The next bit of lightning hit our house! Paula saw a thick blue and white spark on the wall of the house, the thunder was at exactly the same time as the lightning and a large click was heard inside the house. I thought a fuse had tripped, but all the electricity was fine. The I noticed that the lights were off on the ADSL router and I couldn’t get it to power up. It felt pretty hot and smelt hot too. So I turned the computer on, but it wouldn’t switch on – as I mentioned before, all the mains circuits were working. Eventually it powered up and I soon discovered that it had also sustained damaged through the ethernet port that I forgot to disconnect. The ethernet port no longer works, which is fine because I have wireless and also have ordered a new ethernet card for under £7. But, more alarmingly, my 12Gb RAM won’t run at 1600Mhz anymore and is stuck running at 1066Mhz instead. I’m hoping the ionised air inside the PC has just wiped from non-volatile memory settings in the BIOS, but I’ll find out soon…
Out of interest, I took the router apart (I’m now using my old router that was in the loft) and after a bit of searching saw the damage… So naturally, I got my macro lens and extension tubes out. The first photo isn’t cropped at all! The second photo is heavily cropped to show the detail.